A Beer A Day Seems to Keep the Doctor Away

Beer! Maybe one (or two) every day helps to improve your body’s resistance to disease. The study found that even non-alcoholic beer seems to help, so maybe it’s just the fermentation that’s doing the trick. Science leads the way.

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Like wine, beer can have health benefits when consumed in moderation. Non-alcoholic beers have become

wildly popular recently, but are these drinks also healthful?

In a pilot study, researchers report that compared to their pre-trial microbiome, men who drank either one alcoholic or non-alcoholic lager daily had a more diverse set of gut microbes, which can reduce the risk for some diseases.

Studies have shown that when more types of bacteria are present, people tend to have a lower chance of developing chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. And beer contains compounds and microorganisms from its fermentation that could impact the variety of microbes in the human gut.

A previously published study showed that when both men and women consumed non-alcoholic lager beer for 30 days, their gut microbiome diversity increased. Many of those same people were also in a second group that drank an alcoholic version of the beer, and it didn’t have the same effect.

In this double-blind study, 19 healthy men were randomly divided into two groups who drank 11 fluid ounces of either alcoholic or non-alcoholic lager with dinner for 4 weeks. But at the end of the 4-week period, both groups had greater bacterial diversity in their gut microbiome, indicating an improvement in intestinal health.

The researchers suggest that these results could differ from those of the prior study because of the different designs of the trials, and because the participants were living in different communities.

But based on this pilot study, the researchers say that consuming one bottle of beer, regardless of its alcohol content, may be beneficial to the gut microbiome and intestinal health of men.

European Cup 2020 postponed

This summer’s European Football Championship has been postponed until 2021 to allow time for all Europe’s club competitions to be completed by 30 June if possible, Uefa has decided, as the football authorities grapple with the unprecedented disruption of the coronavirus pandemic.

The postponement of the Euros to proposed dates of Friday 11 June until Sunday 11 July 2021 and the likely postponement of next summer’s women’s Euros to 2022 were two of a flurry of measures announced on a day when football’s authorities showed determination to give leadership at a time the Uefa president, Aleksander Ceferin, called “the biggest crisis that football faced in its history”.

One of those on Uefa’s teleconference call with all 55 of Europe’s national football associations, the European Club Association, European Leagues and the international players’ union Fifpro confirmed reports that provisional dates have been optimistically scheduled: 27 June for the Champions League final, 24 June for the Europa League final. Calendar formats which are played in normal times, such as the Champions League being played in midweek and not at weekends, could be changed in the effort to get games played as soon as governments’ health and travel policies allow.

Two working groups have been formed by Uefa, one to look at the possible resumption and conclusion of the club season “in a coherent manner”, the other “to assess the economic, financial and regulatory impact of the Covid-19 outbreak and propose measures to help mitigate the consequences of the pandemic”, Uefa said.

This year’s Copa América, also due to take place from 11 June to 11 July 2021, has been postponed by the South American Football Federation. The African Nations Championship, scheduled for April in Cameroon and played for solely by players from domestic leagues, has been postponed indefinitely.

Adapted from: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/mar/17/euro-2020-postponed-coronavirus-uefa-champions-league-europa-league

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