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By Lenore Skomal Erie Times-News staff blogger
Lenore Skomal is an award-winning author and veteran journalist in all forms of media. She is a weekly columnist and daily blogger for the Erie Times-News. She’s authored 17 published books, including an anthology of her columns, Burnt Toast available on her website www.lenoreskomal.net.   Read more about this blog.
Posted: November 12th, 2012
Beer is good for your bones

As a great granddaughter of a brewer, I’ll drink to that. My paternal grandmother’s father owned his own brewery, delivered his product by horse and carriage to local establishments and even converted his parlor into a pub. When I read that beer is good for bone health, I felt Joe Guggemos smiling down on me.

According to the article in Science Daily, beer contains silicon, a essential trace mineral that stimulates collagen growth, which is good for strengthening bones. (Apparently, bananas, brown rice and whole grain foods also contain silicon, too, if you don’t care for beer.)

In addition to silicon, other vitamins and minerals are essential for good bone health, such as vegetables with calcium like broccoli, bok choy and edamame, leading me to think of Chinese food. And if you follow that up with some nice dark chocolate, which is rich in zinc, you’ll have just about everything you need in terms of nutrition to help your bones.

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