The Positive Effect of Beer on Bones

I just read the abstract of a study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture on the presence of silicon in beers. The abstract is linked to here. This abstract was brought to my attention thanks to a blog posting at Stats.org (visit the Stats.org blog posting here).

Now if you are wondering how does the presence of silicon in beers make a difference to your bones you will want to note that, according to my copy of Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Silicon is a mineral “necessary for the formation of collagen for bones and connective tissue and for calcium absorption in the early stages of bone formation”. So Silicon is important for our bones. So is there silicon in beer?

If you have not already clicked on the link to the study or the Stats.org posting (noted above) the results of the study do indeed show that certain commercial beers are high in silicon so beer may in fact be good for our bones.

However, please note that the author of Prescription for Nutritional Healing also notes to help Silicon be absorbed into the body your diet requires iron and phosphorus. In addition, boron, calcium, magnesium, manganese and potassium aid in the efficient utilization of silicon. So as always our bodies need more than one mineral to complete an action like the building of bones. And of course, we need to move our bodies to strengthen our bones. And of course, everything needs to be in moderation and in balance. Most likely, you already knew all this.

Now, if you don’t drink beer it is worth noting other sources of silicon include beets, brown rice, bell peppers, soybeans, leafy green vegetables and whole grains. The listing of sources I also found in the Prescription for Nutritional Healing. Yes, this book is a great source I have used and recommended for years that is why I offer you a resource hyperlink 🙂

Please note I have not read who the sponsor of the study was so the validity of the results may come into question if the sponsor is, for example, a beer company. Please remember before you make any dietary decisions surrounding beer and other foods connect with you health care practitioner. Of course, you knew that already too.

I trust this made for some interesting and valuable reading and I welcome your comments as always,

Best Wishes,

David