Drinking beer may help fight osteoporosis

February 9, 2010 9:30:33 AM PST
A new study at the University of California toasts beer as being good for your bones.

Researchers tested 100 commercial beers and found it is a rich source of silicon and may help prevent osteoporosis.

Dietary silicon is a key ingredient for increasing bone mineral density.

Researchers found that beer containing high levels of malted barley and hops are richest in silicon. Pale ales showed the highest silicon content, while light beer and wheat beers had the least.

The study is published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.