"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
"We old folks have to find our cushions and pillows in our tankards. Strong beer is the milk of the old."
Passing the half century mark came with a few new "quirks"--primarily dealing with the physical side of life. True, the hair makes an exit--but that has been pretty common place in my life since the early twenties. The hearing goes--but the wife tells me that the hearing loss seems to be selective, to which I usually respond, "Huh? Did you say something?" The equator expands, but I can cover that with the next size up and lots of baggy clothes. The sight goes, but that is why they tri-focal glasses--now I can't see in three different ways. Yes, as one gets older the body seems to go. Plus, there seems to be more aches and pains that accompany the aging process. As I have said over and over, getting older is not for wimps.
The article states that beer--especially wheat-based beer--is good for you. It is good for you because it contains polyphenols. Polyphenols are are an antioxidant chemical found in many plants and fruits. Polyphenols have antiviral properties, they help regulate the immune system, and they help to down-regulate genes that are related to turning on inflammation and stress. One researcher stated that beer has lots of these! Researchers also stated that research that shows polyphenols can act as a more-effective substitute for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen. Polyphenols are most effective when ingested in combinations. That’s why wheat beer, which contains many different types of polyphenols, was perfect. And, get this, the alcoholic wheat beer was double the non-alcoholic beer in polyphenols. Now, tell me, does that sound like a godsend for someone over the age of fifty, who experiences aches and pains, and likes beer? Is that not good news? I think so! The news made me so happy that I went right out and opened up a beer to celebrate.
Now, I know what some of you are thinking out there--if anyone drinks enough beer he or she will never feel any aches or pain. True, but there is the little thing that often accompanies an over indulgence of beer consumption--the hangover. Which, in reality is really no big deal--a couple of beers and that too disappears. According to the study beer is even better than ibuprofen--a couple of micro brews and who is feeling a headache? The reality is that the researchers are not endorsing excessive beer drinking. Instead they say that a pint (maybe two) is good for the body. Who am I to argue with medical researchers with more degrees and letters after their name than I have? The old theologian Martin Luther said it best: "We old folks have to find our cushions and pillows in our tankards. Strong beer is the milk of the old." I imagine he was speaking from experience as he was an experiential theologian in my estimation.
(For those who would like to read the article: http://onit.msn.com/story?ocid=hpep.)