4 surprising health benefits of Guinness

The famously dark and delicious brew that was sent to the troops, the holder of the records and one of the healthiest pints around. This St. Patrick's Day, we explore the health benefits of this timeless stout. Do good things really come to those who wait?

4 surprising health benefits of Guinness

1. High in iron, low in calories

Weighing in at only 210 calories a pint means you don’t have to worry about a beer belly. Guinness is rich in iron, giving you greater energy and increasing athletic performance. It is also packed full of antioxidants, like those found in fruits and vegetables, helping to lower cholesterol.

2. Reduces kidney stones risk

Our scientist friends from Finland found that a bottle of beer each day reduced the chance of kidney stones by up to 40 per cent. Beer dilutes urine which reduces the chance of stones forming.

3. Improves eyesight

Pop those beer goggles on. Canadian researchers found that the antioxidants in stouts could protect against mitochondrial damage. Antioxidants protect the mitochondria against this damage preventing cataracts being formed.

4. Teaches patience and relaxation

We are big advocates of self-care and with the perfect Guinness taking 119.5 seconds to pour, it frees up two whole minutes of ‘me-time’.  

Remember: drink in moderation. And don't give Guinness to babies.

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