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How Drinking The Occasional Pint Of Beer Could Prevent Alzheimer's Disease And Aid Weight-Loss

07/07/2014 12:51 BST | Updated 07/07/2014 12:59 BST

On a summer's evening there are few things better than chilling in a beer garden with a pint, and now you have the perfect excuse to do it more often.

Research has shown that drinking beer could actually be beneficial for our health. Result!

Although drinking responsibly is still incredibly important, having the odd pint could protect against Alzheimer’s disease, aid weight loss and reduce the risk of heart disease, according to some reports.

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Speaking to the MailOnline, Dr Stephan Domenig, medical director of The Original F.X. Mayr Health Centre in Austria, said: ‘If you analysed beer you would be amazed at how many super-nutrients there are in it.

"Beer contains all of the essential – and many of the non-essential – amino acids."

Dark beers tend to have the most antioxidants, which help reverse cellular damage that occurs naturally in the body.

The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture also found that dark beer has higher iron content compared to lighter beers.

Back in 2011, Researchers at Italy's Fondazione di Ricerca e Cura found moderate beer drinkers had a 42 percent lower risk of heart disease compared to non-drinkers.

The optimum consumption was found to be slightly more than an English pint's worth of beer with a strength of 5% alcohol, each day.

According to Men's Health, drinking a bottle of beer daily could also lower a man's his risk of developing kidney stones by 40 percent.

And the potential health benefits of grabbing a pint after work don't end there - according to a report in the journal Food And Chemical Toxicology, drinking beer might help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

The study found found the silicon in beer was able to reduce aluminium uptake in the digestive tract and slow the accumulation of the metal in the body and brain tissue.

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We've all heard the phrase 'beer belly' but some experts contend that there is little evidence to suggest that drinking beer makes us put on weight - in fact, some experts say it actually aids weight loss.

"Drinking beer increases the production of bile, which helps us to digest fatty food," Dr Domenig told the MailOnline.

"Beer is a rich source of fibre – two glasses provide between ten and 30 per cent of our recommended requirement. Fibre is known to help keep us full and ward off hunger.'

Despite the growing evidence that beer could have surprising health benefits, the NHS warn that regular drinking could increase the risk of cancer of the throat, breast cancer in women, cause stroke, high blood pressure, liver disease, pancreatitis and reduce fertility.

They recommend that woman should not drink more than 2-3 units per day and men should not drink more than 3-4 units per day. A regular pint of beer is 2.3 units.