A DAILY beer can help you live longer, research suggests.
Scientists discovered some brews are bursting with health-boosting probiotics.
They claim a daily tipple can “be very good for you” and protects against obesity, insomnia and dementia.
Experts found strong Belgian beers — such as Hoegaarden, Westmalle Tripel and Echt Kriekenbier — are particularly rich in probiotic yeast.
Unlike most beers, they are fermented twice — once in the brewery and again in the bottle.
The process increases the strength of the beer.
Importantly for health, in-bottle fermentation uses a different strain of yeast to that found in traditional pints.
It not only converts sugar into alcohol, but it produces acids that kill off harmful bacteria.
Professor Eric Claassen, a gut bacteria expert at Amsterdam University, said: “In high concentrations, alcohol is bad for the gut, but if you drink just one of these beers every day it would be very good for you.”
Other research, from the University of Nebraska, USA, found some bottled beers contain up to 50 million probiotic or “good” bacteria.
Prof Claassen told an event held by probiotic drink maker Yakult: “In the Middle Ages, people made beer because the water was not drinkable.
“The yeast killed off bad bacteria in the water.”