You can enjoy beer — an adult beverage made from brewer's yeast, which, the University of Maryland Medical Center explains, is rich in several minerals and vitamins — on its own as a refreshing beverage, or as a companion to your favorite foods. However you like to drink beer, a single 12-ounce serving can provide you with more important vitamins and minerals than wine or hard liquor, according to Webster University. Enjoy beer in moderation, the Harvard School of Public Health reminds: no more than a couple drinks a day.
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Beer has several B vitamins, according to the NetWellness website, a service of several Ohio universities. Of the B vitamins present, the United States Department of Agriculture's national nutrient database reports that beer is richest in niacin. Also known as vitamin B3, you'll find 1.828 milligrams in a 12-oz. glass of beer.
Drink a 12-oz. glass of beer and you'll get 0.164 mg of vitamin B6, according to the USDA. This may be because the yeast made to brew beer is rich in the entire range of B-complex vitamins, the agency explains.
You'll get a boost of pantothenic acid, a water-soluble vitamin, when you sip your beer. In a 12-oz. serving, you'll get 0.146 mg of the vitamin, the USDA reports.
Other B Vitamins
You'll find trace amounts of other B vitamins in beer. This, the USDA notes, includes thiamin at 0.018 mg; riboflavin at 0.089 mg; vitamin B12 at 0.07 micrograms; and folate at 21 micrograms.
A 12-oz. glass of beer holds a high amount of the water-soluble choline vitamin — 36 mg, the USDA reports.
Flavonoids act as antioxidants in your body and help prevent damage to your cells from free radicals. Flavonoids are more commonly associated with other drinks like green tea or wine. However, Oregon State University's Linus Pauling Institute explains, beer, specifically lager beer, may have higher concentrations of antioxidants than green tea. However, this doesn't make beer healthier than green tea, due to beer's calorie and alcohol content.