Beer For Strong Bones ?

Beer is a important root of silicon, which is a key ingredient of the diet that aids to improve bone mineral density.

The better beers for silicon are the light malted ales and lagers. Dark bitters and stouts incorporate smaller levels because they are made with roasted barley, which makes lower silicon content. Wheat contains less silicon than barley, so wheat beers are lower sources of silicon.

Previous reports have advised that a regular dry pint or two may aid to keep the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis.

In the new study, investigators at the University of California studied 100 commercial beers and found their silicon content ranged from 6.4 milligrams per litre to 56.5 mg/l. Lighter beers have more silicon than darker ones because fewer heat is used in the malting process.

"Beer containing full points of malted barley and hops are richest in silicon. It is the husk of the barley that is rich in this ingredient. While most remains during brewing, significant quantities are none the fewer extracted into wort and survive into beer," the Independent quoted Charles Bamforth, who led the report, as saying.

The study has been published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.

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