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Researchers Have Developed a Beer That’s Good for Your Gut

National University of Singapore

There’s no shortage of proclamations on the benefits of beer. For instance, Thomas Jefferson famously said “Beer, if drunk in moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit and promotes health.” He wasn’t wrong: In moderation, beer has always been just fine. Certain studies, for instance, have found that those who drink up to two beers a day have a 25 percent lower risk of heart disease than those who don’t imbibe. Now, there’s a probiotic-infused beer that may help you maintain a healthy stomach. Researchers at the National University of Singapore have developed a probiotic sour beer that has the potential to boost immunity and improve gut health. All goes well and the term “beer belly” may take on a different, more positive, meaning.

To create this new, experimental beer, the team incorporated the probiotic Lactobacillus paracasei L26, which is “capable of neutralizing toxins and viruses and regulating the immune system.” Previously, there was no beer on the market that had probiotics, which are live bacteria and yeasts that help maintain a healthy gut microbiome, as most contain hop acids that prevent the compounds from growing, let alone thriving. This new beer could change all of that.

Why are probiotics so important? The helpful strains of bacteria actively encourage a healthy gut, aiding digestion, fighting disease, and tending to your all-important microbiome So there could come a day where drinking beer can actually improve both your mental and physical health. All in moderation, of course.

The fact that this probiotic super beer is a sour beer coincides with the sour beer market growing exponentially over the past few years. And while it has yet to claim IPA’s throne as king of pretentious beer connoisseurs perhaps probiotics will do the trick. At the very least, it might get people to stop drinking so much kombucha. Of course, this is all speculative, as this beer is still in the experimental stages and nowhere near being on sale at your local grocery store.