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How Beer Can Enhance Your Practice

New research shows that drinking a pint might have more health benefits than we once thought. Here's how.

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New research shows that drinking beer might have more health benefits than we once thought

Breweries that offer yoga classes followed by beer tastings may be serving up more than a practice and post-class camaraderie. Sipping a pint may have health advantages too, suggests a recent study published in the Journal of Cereal Science. A Finnish research team analyzed barley grains (a common brewing starch) and beer samples, and discovered ample hordatines, phenolic compounds that may possess big-time antioxidant power. Plus, hordatines have been found to help keep digestion humming (a nice complement to twisting asanas) by triggering smooth-muscle contractions. To reap the most benefits, order beers brewed with barley malts, such as lagers, ales, stouts, and porters; wheat and light beers typically contain barley but also wheat, rice, or corn, so hordatine concentrations are often lower, says the study’s lead researcher, Juha-Matti Pihlava.

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