Breastfeeding women who consume moderate alcohol-free beer contribute to reducing the risk that the newborn will develop certain pathologies such as obesity, arteriosclerosis or cancer in the future, according to the data extracted from a study has presented this week in Brussels during the celebration of VI European Symposium on Beer and Health.

At this meeting, European specialists in medicine, nutrition and food have met, with the aim of discussing the results of the latest scientific research evidencing the health benefits of moderate beer consumption.

Thanks to the antioxidants contained in beer, the antioxidant properties of breast milk decrease

As Dr. María Teresa Hernández Aguilar, a pediatrician at the Health Agency of Valencia, explained, in the study they verified how, thanks to the antioxidants contained in beer, the antioxidant properties of breast milk are less affected, and its beneficial effect is transmitted to the infant , so that a moderate consumption of beer without alcohol - two daily cans - favors the health of the baby and protects against diseases such as those mentioned, not only during the breastfeeding period, but years later.

Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties

Dr. Ramón Estruch, of the Barcelona Clinic, has recommended including wine or beer - always in a moderate way - in the Mediterranean diet because its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects on the arteries contribute to reduce the risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.

The specialist explained that some components of beer, such as polyphenols, protect against diabetes, reduce blood pressure and levels of bad cholesterol and increase the levels of good cholesterol -With which the lipidic profile-, and also act on the parameters of inflammation, responsible for the development of arteriosclerosis.

Manuel Castillo Garzón, professor at the Medical University of Granada, has presented data from a study that confirms that drinking two-thirds of beer with alcohol after physical exercise provides the same rehydrating capacity as water. He also pointed out that, according to the results of a rigorous study presented by Dr. Arne Vernon Astrup, director of the Department of Nutrition of the Faculty of Biological Sciences of the University of Copenhagen, it is not true that there is an association between the intake of beer and the appearance of beer belly.

This study shows that the risk factors that favor the beer belly are age, being male, a low physical activity, smoking, mental stress, sleep disturbance, high intake of trans fats and the consumption of certain drugs.

The results of another study, presented by Dr. Jonathan Powell, director of the Human Nutrition Research in Cambridge, ponder the virtues of another component of beer, the silicon, which has the ability to maintain Bone density, while Dr. Vicenzo Solfrizzi, a researcher in the department of geriatrics at the University of Bari, has argued that there is no indication that moderate consumption of beer impairs cognitive function, or promotes the development of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.

Source: EUROPE PRESS

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