Is Beer Good for Bone Health?

BeerAccording to a recent study, beer is good for bone health.  But experts critical of the study, say it may be a good source of dietary silicon,  but any attempt to link beer drinking to bone health is not based on scientific data.

The recent study of 100 commercial beers revealed an average of 29.4 mg/L of silicon, with a range of 6.4 to 56.4 mg/L, but no link between dietary silicon and bone density was established.  In fact, the study did not look at bone mineral density or analyze any patient data at all.

There may be some merits to the study, say researchers, but it does not provide evidence that drinking beer is an appropriate preventive measure for bone health. 

Source: “Down a Beer to Improve Bone Health? Not So Fast”, MedPage Today, February 7, 2010
Source: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture

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