National Drink Beer Day falls on Sept. 28 every year. The holiday is devoted to celebrating the most popular alcoholic beverage in the country.

Many people may not be aware of it, but light to moderate consumption of this beverage has actually been associated with certain health benefits. Beer contains antioxidants, iron, calcium, phosphates and fiber, after all.

The following are some of the most common health benefits linked to consuming beer. (Courtesy: Piedmont Healthcare)

  • Beer can help protect your heart - Moderate consumption of beer is considered effective in protecting one against cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks, according to studies.
  • Beer helps prevent kidney stones - The beverage contains phytochemicals that could help reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and even promote kidney health among individuals.
  • Beer lowers bad cholesterol - The presence of soluble fiber in beer helps not only to promote healthy blood sugar levels but also to reduce LDL or bad cholesterol levels.
  • Drinking beer might strengthen your bones - High silicon content in beer may reduce the risk of osteoporosis as they aid in the growth and development of bone and connective tissue.
  • Drinking beer can help reduce stress - Beer is considered helpful in reducing stress when consumed in moderation. However, scientists warn that routine long-term consumption can be harmful to health.
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Now here are some interesting quotes about drinking beer. (Courtesy: Bustle and Bacchanalian)

  • "Many battles have been fought and won by soldiers nourished on beer." – Frederick the Great
  • "He was a wise man who invented beer." – Plato
  • "Beer, if drunk in moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health. " – Thomas Jefferson
  • "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." – Benjamin Franklin
  • "Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world." – Kaiser Wilhelm
  • "Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza." – Dave Barry
  • "There is no such thing as a bad beer. It's that some taste better than others." – Bill Carter
  • "Beer makes you feel the way you ought to feel without beer." – Henry Lawson
  • "Many battles have been fought and won by soldiers nourished on beer." – Frederick the Great
  • "The mouth of a perfectly happy man is filled with beer. " – Egyptian proverb
  • "Beer. It's the best damn drink in the world." — Jack Nicholson
  • "Beer may not solve your problems, but neither will water or milk." – John Wayne