Beer can prevent diabetes and obesity, study in Portugal finds

The study conducted in Portugal by Nova Medical School – Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, pointed out that beer consumption improves the intestinal flora and that the effects on digestion have been associated with the prevention of diabetes and obesity.

The Center for Research on Health Technologies and Services linked to the Portuguese educational establishment spent four weeks analyzing the examinations of volunteers who drank 330 milliliters of beer a day, with or without alcohol. The study group consisted of men between the ages of 23 and 58.

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The results reveal that consumption increases the diversity of the intestinal microbiota, without leading to weight gain or fat mass. Likewise, ingestion does not significantly interfere with cardiometabolic biomarkers such as glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides, among others.

Additionally, alkaline phosphatase, an important biomarker of liver, kidney and bone damage, decreased as the exam progressed. The benefits occur regardless of the alcohol content, even with the alcohol-free product, according to the research.

How beer prevents diabetes and obesity

Researchers believe that the beneficial effect of beer is linked to the polyphenols present in beer. This also happens with red wine. The harmful effects of the drink, exhibited in other work, appear to be outweighed by the benefits of the substance on the gut microbiome.

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