Beer has been conspicuously absent from health bulletins. Bless science, for now, we know that beer has its fair share of nutritional and health benefits. For starters, there is strong evidence suggesting that beer can increase good cholesterol. The primary ingredients in beer can also contribute proteins, carbohydrates, B vitamins, and potassium. Beer also contains polyphenols, calcium, iron, phosphates, and fiber.

While beer has undeniable health benefits, not all beers are created equal. Brewers use different recipes and brewing techniques impacting on the brew’s benefits. Here are some of the brews that have proven good for healthy living.

1. Blueberry Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company
Fresh blueberries are a major ingredient in this fruit beer. These handpicked blueberries come with many health benefits. For instance, they contain useful antioxidants. Consequently, drinking this refreshing brew can help you neutralize free radicals.

2. Pumpkin Ale (Schlafly Brewery)
This amber contains butternut squash and pumpkin. The brewer then spices it with cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Pumpkin and cloves contain antioxidants. Nutmeg has also contributed to healthy living for many years.

3. Ruby Redbird – Shiner
This lager beer’s ingredients include grapefruit and fresh ginger. Grapefruit has numerous nutritional benefits while ginger is a home remedy for different ailments.Among other things, it relieves migraines and morning sickness.

4. Juniper Pale Ale (Rogue Brewery)
This pale ale contains whole juniper berries. The fruits can help improve digestion, promote renal health and lower blood sugar. Additionally, Rogue Brewery does not use chemicals, preservatives, and additives in all its products.

5. Sah’Tea (Dogfish Head Brewery)
9th-century Finnish beer inspired this brew. Ingredients for the beer include juniper berries, ginger, and tea. As mentioned earlier, these ingredients have numerous proven nutritional and health benefits.

There are many reasons to enjoy beer. Celebrate your favorite brew or taste a new flavor at the Edmonton Beerfest. The popular festival is on April 1-2 at the Shaw Conference Centre. As always, it’s all about beer and total entertainment.


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