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A Beer for Menopausal Women

While the FDA in the U.S. has been more than a little reluctant to endorse any health claims regarding beer, the EU has been at the vanguard of researching and standarizing such claims. Our governments’ stance on alcohol has been informed more by religious zealotry than any true health concerns. As a result we cannot bring ourselves to acknowledge that the demon alcohol might in fact not be all bad. That perhaps there are some health benefits from moderate drinking, despite study after study that shows just that, is anathema to the puritanical thinking of the neo-prohibitionists who make our country’s drug policy.

Meanwhile, the European Union has quietly created standards for organic beer, gluten-free beer and who knows what else. In most European countries drinking beer and wine in a family setting with meals, as a part of celebrations, and at family events and gatherings is so ubiquitous that they stare at us in wonder and bewilderment when we continually demonize alcohol. So it’s no surprise really that European doctors are studying ways to ease the suffering of women going through menopause by creating a special beer for them.

From the article in the South African iol:

Women struggling with the discomforts of menopause may soon find relief in a cold glass of beer.

Experts in the Czech Republic are working on a beer specifically brewed for women experiencing hot flashes, troubling sleeping and other woes during this phase.

The low-kilojoule, low-alcohol beer being developed by the Prague-based Research Institute of Brewing and Malting contains heightened levels of phytoestrogen, a plant form of the hormone estrogen often lacking in menopausal women, said the institute’s director Karel Kosar.

Phytoestrogen is found in the hops and barley malt used in many types of beer. Kosar said breweries could produce the special beer by increasing the levels of these ingredients.

A gynaecologist working with the institute reported good results from clinically tests with the beer on 20 women. The volunteers who drank three decilitres nightly for two months reported fewer menopausal symptoms.

I certainly hope they perfect it before my wife needs it. But that gives them twenty to twenty-five years which should be plenty of time.

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