Hildegard: Holy foam
Each fall, a meadow near the city center of Munich is transformed into the world of beer festival and the largest folk or Volksfest . Known as Oktoberfest, the celebration of 16 days is referred to by many locals as Wiesn abbreviation of Theresienwiese, or Teresa Prado, named for where the wedding of King Ludwig I and Princess Teresa took place in 1820, the origin of the festival and where visitors from around the world joined local Bavarians to lift their mugs.
In just over two weeks, 6 million visitors descend the grassy hill in an emerging town of vendors, artists, carnival rides, suppliers of traditional food and beer tents course, some so great the idea of a tent is lost among the 6,000 people held under extensions sweep.
The six million revelers consume (and stroke) over six million liters of beer a year, which seems pretty good until you consider the number of children in attendance. While the concept of moderation can escape some, most people enjoy their beer as they would in their local beer hall :. Sparingly with family and friends
Thus, in the spirit of the Oktoberfest, we thought it would be a good idea to share some of Hildegard know beer and maybe inspire to go have a beer in good health with good friends.
A brief history of beer
Beer and German culture have gone hand in Stein for millions of years. Germans have been brewing for about 3,000 years until today represents some of the most prolific producers of beer – and of course drinkers, beer in the world. (Germans are third in per capita consumption of beer behind the neighboring Czech Republic and Austria). As Germans migrated to other regions, this art took with them, the introduction of the beverage to their host cultures where it could continue to evolve.
Until about the eighth century, the beer is made almost exclusively at home by tribal hausfraus (a housekeeper ablest house.) It was as common as bread and gardening. When he took feudalism, these traditions were codified in various laws and administered by the feudal lords practices. Beer production was made “official” and as such, subject to taxes (or tax) to local authorities.
The formalization of beer production and the imposition barter system would then lead to a type of marketing in which Brewmasters mobilize beer production beyond the home.
By the brewing of the 11th century was a main occupation within the monasteries, where the Brew-monks and Brew-nuns professionals had built breweries to provide food, drink and shelter to travelers and pilgrims and provided liquid food during the fasting hours.
The rise of Christianity impart the practice of brewing with deep spiritual ties, as well as progress due to documentation, practice and common improvement to the monastic life. A number of employers beer (and later, hops) would lead the way to what we know as modern beer. Today these bonds are called to celebrate this drink (and for marketing, of course.)
“Hops are the soul of beer.” – Jim Koch, founder of Boston Beer Company
At the time of Hildegard, the beer was not only rooted in the culture in general, but also a normal part of monastic life. In fact, Hildegard wrote one of the earliest known references to hops in brewing – maybe even the first time in the history of hops was recognized as a preservative. Hildegard wrote about jumping around 1150-1160 AD. In his “Physica Sacra” he writes, “[The hop plant] is warm and dry, and has moderate humidity, and is not very useful to benefit man, because it makes melancholy grow in man and makes the soul of man sad, and weighs his internal organs. But, however, as a result of its own bitterness that keeps some rots drinks, which can be added, so they can last much longer (3) (5). “
wild hops had long been consumed by the ancient Romans and used for medicinal purposes in different parts of the world for its anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic properties and sedative qualities. So their observations were fit of melancholy, although possibly a little shortsighted.
However, since the jumps were not used in the manufacture of beer before, were far from common or cultivated and natural resinous bitterness were not so appealing to the palate on your own, it is not surprising that many benefits Hildegard ultimately impact hop.
Benefits of hops, however, is not completely lost in it. The use of hops in beer would increasingly common during his lifetime and, although she may have underestimated the hops, which was quite fond of beer as a whole.
In his book, Causae et Curae Hildegard wrote: “… [beer] positively affects the body when consumed moderately … fat meat and beer … gives you a nice. color to the face “
As a result, she was right on all accounts. Particularly in relation to moderation. Although far from a health tonic, beer offers some unique qualities that are proving to be beneficial when consumed in moderation as part of a healthy lifestyle.
The health benefits of beer
Research continues to support the benefits associated with moderate consumption of alcohol, mostly beer and wine. Many of these benefits relate to hops, although some are also related to trace elements such as silicon or effect of low levels of alcohol.
have gathered some of the best-documented benefits to health of beer to help you feel better about your pint night.
Numerous studies have shown a positive relationship between beer consumption and increased bone density. Researchers believe that silicon in beer is largely responsible for this benefit is especially significant in women which recorded an increase in density after more than two drinks per day compared to men who saw the benefits diminish the more they drank. The benefits seem to be more pronounced in post-menopausal women due to a combination of silicon content of beer along with naturally occurring phytoestrogen hops.
Drinking beer has shown that reduce markers of inflammation . Natural bitter hops acids have anti-inflammatory properties. These polyphenols are powerful antioxidants that have antiviral properties, help regulate the immune system and help downregulate that are scheduled to start inflammation genes. A number of studies by German and American researchers found that beer consumption also reduced muscle inflammation in a group of marathon runners. So you may want to keep these foam drinking before your next big race.
Again, studies indicate that flavonoids in hops seem to show that promises health benefits, including the prevention or mitigation of growth of cancer cells. The favonoid prenylated xanthohumol (XN) in hops protects cells against DNA damage carcinogens, inhibits synthesis and proliferation of cancer cells in vitro DNA inactivates oxygen radicals (prevents oxidative damage to cells ), and induces apoptosis, the process by which cells that are no longer needed or are a threat are destroyed. delayed or apoptosis is believed to be a precursor of cancer cell growth.
Studies have shown that moderate consumption of beer provides health benefits for the heart similar previous studies had linked to the consumption of wine. A review by Italy Fondazione di Ricerca e Cura found that moderate consumption of beer drinkers down potential heart disease by 31%. In addition, drinkers need only get about a beer containing about 5% ABV per day to get the benefits. As in most studies related to the consumption of alcoholic beverages, profits decrease rapidly than is consumed, even to the point where consumption actually harms health. So remember Hildegard moderation.
- Reduced risk of kidney stones
Of course, the risk of kidney stones will not let him sleep. But it is good to know that your love of beer could only reduce the risk of this potentially painful happens. A study published in Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology indicates that beer consumption may decrease the chances of having kidney stones greatly. Those who regularly consume moderate amounts of beer or wine were between 33% and 41% less chance of kidney stones that people who drank no alcohol at all. And in case you need even more reason to avoid soda, the study found that people who consumed soft drinks were 23% more likely to develop kidney stones than those who do not drink soda.
Hildegard was a great defender of digestive health. Therefore, it is appropriate that beer not only in its approved list, but also that modern science considers the consumption of beer after dinner digestive can provide many positive benefits. According to a study in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry beer consumption is associated with production of gastric acid. The researchers found that beer contains several ingredients with digestive properties that increased pancreatic enzymes, stimulate the production of gastric acid, and encourage other digestive mechanisms, improving digestion in general.
- Reduced risk of Alzheimer
Researchers at the University of Loyola in Chicago reviewed 143 studies dating back to 1977 in his research on alcohol and cognitive impairment.
The he concluded that moderate drinkers were 23 percent less likely to develop cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Research suspect, among other factors, in beer silicon helps protect the brain from chemicals that are believed to lead to cognitive decline. The researchers were, however, careful to note that they do not recommend people who currently do not drink to start consuming.
As the long shadows fall cue us to reap the harvest and prepare for next winter, go out and enjoy the changing seasons. And if you’re so inclined, find a long table in a park or a local brewery and lift a beer with friends and family, fat meat (just a bit), and Don those pink cheeks. In restraint course.