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Beer consumption ‘could prevent weak bones’

9th February 2010

Drinking beer could help to prevent weak bones, a new study has suggested.

Beer could help to prevent weak bones and the likelihood of developing bone-related diseases such as osteoporosis, researchers have highlighted.

A study found that silicon levels in the drink are a key ingredient for bone health, although how much they can actually help bones depends on the type of beer.

Charles Bamforth, lead author of the study, said: “Beers containing high levels of malted barley and hops are richest in silicon. Wheat contains less silicon than barley because it is the husk of the barley that is rich in this element.”

Osteoporosis, or low bone density, costs the NHS more than 1 billion pounds a year, with three million people in the UK affected by the disease.

Commenting on the research, Dr Claire Bowring of the National Osteoporosis Society, said that these findings echo the results of previous studies, which concluded that moderate alcohol consumption could be beneficial to bones.

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