Moderate beer consumption, a drink accepted in the Mediterranean diet, can prevent the development of Alzheimer’s disease thanks to its high content of silicon, a substance capable of tackling neurodegenerative damages. That is the conclusion of a study led by Spanish researchers from the University of Alcala de Henares.
The benefits of moderate consumption of beer, a drink that forms part of the Mediterranean diet, have been analyzed previously in different studies, worldwide, but the aim of this new research was to determine its effect on the neurodegenerative damages, especially on the impact of aluminum which is considered an environmental risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.
The scientists demonstrated that the moderate consumption of beer reverted the neurotoxicity of aluminum, due to its high silicon content. These tests were carried out on animals, but the results are viable in human, as well.
Moderate beer consumption can prevent Alzheimer’s disease but is also beneficial for other reasons, as well
In addition to the benefit raised by this study regarding beer’s protective effect against Alzheimer’s disease, moderate beer consumption also has other advantages for health, according to researchers.
Beer contains many substances, including antioxidants, such as polyphenols, but also has vitamins, minerals, and hops, a plant that is also beneficial for health. According to previous studies, moderate consumption of fermented drinks with a high content of polyphenols, which in the case of beer comes from malts (70%) and hops (30%), is associated with lower cardiovascular risk.
Also, the polyphenols in beer come into contact with human beneficial gut bacteria and produce metabolites that trigger many health benefits.
In short, a new study conducted by Spanish researchers concluded that moderate beer consumption is beneficial in protecting against Alzheimer’s disease thanks to the silicon in its composition, which tackles the adverse effects of aluminum, considered and environmental risk for neurodegenerative damage.