Researchers at the University of California have revealed in a new study that drinking beer may strengthen bones. Silicon found in beer is thought to help in bone mineral density.
Pale malted ales and lagers are thought to be the best sources of silicon, but beers made from wheat are not such good sources. In the current study, the researchers assessed the silicon content of 100 commercial beers and found that silicon content in these beers ranged from 6.4 milligrams per litre to 56.5 mg/l.
"Beer containing high levels of malted barley and hops are richest in silicon. It is the husk of the barley that is rich in this element. While most remains during brewing, significant quantities are none the less extracted into wort and survive into beer," Charles Bamforth, who led the study, told the Independent
The details of the study are published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.