Beer increases bone strength
- By: Clare Hughes
Researchers at St Thomas's Hospital and King's College London have shown that silicon, found in abundance in beer, increases bone mineralisation in men and premenopausal women. Students who drink beer can continue their favourite pastime, safe in the knowledge that it could be doing them good; beer increases bone strength.
The researchers looked at dietary silicon intake and found that beer was the biggest single contributor of silicon. Dr Jonathan Powell, senior lecturer in nutrition and medicine, said, “Drinking half a pint of beer a day provides about 6 mg of silicon--that's about 20% of our daily dietary intake.” He added that silicon intake is greater in men than women and decreases with age.
In conjunction with researchers at Harvard and Tufts Universities in Boston, United States, the team looked at the association between dietary silicon intake and bone mineral density using the Framingham offspring cohort. They reported their findings