A study done by researchers from the Department of Food Science & Technology at the University of California, Davis suggests that beer is a significant source of dietary silicon, a key ingredient for increasing bone mineral density. They studied commercial beer production to determine the relationship between certain beer production methods and their resulting silicon content.
Silicon is present in beer in the soluble form of orthosilicic acid (OSA) and according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), dietary silicon (Si), as soluble OSA, may be important for the growth and development of bone and connective tissue. More so in men than women, beer appears to be a major contributor to Si intake in the Western society. Based on these findings, some studies suggest moderate beer consumption may help fight osteoporosis.
The study also tested 100 commercial beers for silicon content and categorized the data according to beer style and source. The average silicon content of the beers sampled was 6.4 to 56.5 mg/L and the average intake of silicon in the Western population is 20-50 mg Si/day.
It’s great to see benefits from alcohol, especially beer, because of how prevalent it is in our society. People will always consume alcohol and though it has a pretty negative connotation, its nice to see a positive aspect.
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