Scientists have discovered an unexpected beneficial property of beer for the male body
Scientists have conducted a new study, the results of which suggest that daily moderate consumption of light beer can actually improve gut health.
A small study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry of the American Chemical Society found that healthy men who drank one serving of alcoholic or non-alcoholic beer a day developed a more diverse array of gut microbes, which was associated with a lower risk of chronic disease. diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The study found that the human gastrointestinal tract is home to trillions of microorganisms, and that beer contains compounds such as polyphenols, as well as live microorganisms produced during fermentation, which can influence the composition of the microbiota.
In the study, 20 healthy men aged 18 to 65 were randomly divided into two groups who drank an 11 fl oz bottle of alcoholic or non-alcoholic beer with dinner for four weeks.
Participants were instructed to maintain the same level of physical activity and diet.
Based on blood and stool tests, body weight, body mass index, and biomarkers of cardiac and metabolic health did not change in the participants' serum during the study.
However, after four weeks, both groups had greater bacterial diversity in the gut microbiome and higher levels of fecal alkaline phosphatase activity. This enzyme helps to fight bad bacteria in the gut, which researchers say is indicative of improved gut health.