Sunday, March 10, 2013

BEER, MODERATE DRINKING FOR GOOD HEALTH - CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL


BEER, MODERATE DRINKING FOR GOOD HEALTH  - CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL


After 4 decades at sea, I can safely say that I have drunk about 8 tonnes of beer, almost every major brand available on the planet.   

So I guess my knowledge of beer is NOT purely pedestrian. I can tell you drinking 2 cans of mild beer a day is good for your health.  By this I do NOT mean to consume glycerin put in Indian beers.

When I come home on leave , I am forced to drink Indian make beer. 

Nowadays modern brands like Kingfisher are OK.   

But in the seventies and eighties , beers in one litre brown bottles had TOO MUCH glycerin in it, which is NOT good for health, and gave you a hangover.  

In USA adding glycerin in beer is banned.

None of the Indian beers print on the label how much Glycerin they add.  Although the real glycerin is sweet in taste, added with beer may cause a bitter taste at the end.  Its better to remove this before consuming, but let me warn you after this the beer tastes like horse piss.

I will now play a video ( below ) demonstrating how to remove this unwanted thing from Indian beers, using a good brand. 

From the large brown beer bottles , the big glass gets filled with glycerin at the bottom causing ALL the water on top to overflow out of the glass.  Why don't you try this yourself.  

Like I said, the glycerin in the glass will taste bitter and YUCK!  And the beer remaining in the bottle , with the glycerin removed, will taste DOUBLE YUCK!!




Many people have asked me – Captain, which is your favourite beer?


When I say TSINGTAO ( This Shit Is No Good Try Another One ) beer , they exclaim what?   For none of them have ever heard of it.

China had just opened out the bamboo door in 1986, and my ship was the first in Qingdao ( Tsingtao ) dry dock.


One evening we had a dinner hosted by the shipyard, a 30 course dinner.  The yard Chairman , the ex-weightlifting champ of China was sitting next to me and we were talking about Fa hien ( Faxian ), the famous Chinese traveller who walked all the way accross India.  

So I told him that Fa hien came to indian in 399 AD and took away  a truckload of books ( Astronomy, , Science ,  Math, Medicine ,  Buddhist philosophy etc ) from India.  


He got it translated to Chinese by using an Indian by the name of Shramana Buddha Bhadra  ( Ba Tuo ) whom he took along  with him to Ceylon and then to Lao shan in 399 BC .  Ba Tuo was the first monk at Shaolin temple.  

Faxian wrote that he saw demons ( rakhasas ) in Ceylon , exactly as mentioned in Ramayana of 4300 BC. Probably he saw taller versions of  Jayasurya, the cricket player .


So the Chairman told me that the beer I am drinking has water taken from Lao shan spring water falls, and that he would arrange for a visit , the next Sunday, to see the place , 30 kilometers from the yard , where Faxian stayed till he died at a ripe old age. This is on top of a mountain.


This Laoshan springs  is something out of the world--crystal clear living water. No wonder the pilsner beer Tsingtao was so good.  


And I told him so, that this beer is the best I had ever drunk. It was a brewery started by the Germans who occupied that area in 1905. 


Today Tsingtao beer is one of the best known brands in the world, and they don’t need to advertise in the West.  All because of the good effects of this beer on human health .



The 2008 American drama film Gran Torino, directed by, produced by and starring Clint Eastwood, features Clint Eastwood drinking Tsingtao beer at a party thrown by Hmong neighbors.  So the Yanks said in all their wisdom– what is good for Dirty Harry is good for us too.

All right, let me get to the subject.

First things first.

Contraditions: Pregnant or breast-feeding women should not drink beer.  Even small amounts of alcohol can damage a developing fetus. People with alcoholism or drug addictions should not drink beer.  People with liver, and pancreatic disease should speak should avoid it, unless their doctor says ok.. People with gout must know that severe pain is triggered by alcohol.

The wine lobby has put wine on moral high ground.  But hey, but beer deserves just the same acclamation and it is healthier,  thirst quenching and easier on the pockets.

I am NOT advocating strong beer. Just less than one litre of mild beer a day.  It decreases the risks of aging.  Such drinkers have a lower risk of dementia in old age than non-drinkers.

I am NOT advocating beer as medicine. Beer is something to enjoy, without any guilt attached. As a captain on a ship , when I make a service report on the sobriety column , a teetotaler gets same marks as one who uses his drinks wisely, to bridge divides and to run a happy show. Beer is considered to be a social lubricant.

In moderation,beer is part of a wholesome diet.  Beer has fewer calories per 100ml than wine, spirits, and even orange juice. So all this talk about a beer belly is all bullshit. Anything excessive is bad, even drinking water or breathing oxygen. 

People who eat excessively and never seen beer in their lives still can have a gargantuan belly. Men generally gain weight around their abdomen while woman generally gain weight all over, it is as simple as that.  Alcohol metabolises to sugar, which in excess metabolises to fat.


All alcoholic beverages, including beer, have been shown to boost HDL, the "good" cholesterol, lower LDL the "bad" cholesterol and thin the blood, to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. 

Moderate alcohol consumption, which is one 12 oz beer a day for women and two for men, has also been linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes and improved brain function in older adults.

Carbohydrates in beer serve as an energiser - they are easily digested and provide the body with quickly available energy.


Beer comprises of 93% water. It is made from malted barley, cereals, hops, yeast and water. Carbohydrates in the beer are in liquid form which means they can be assimilated quickly by the body. It is a low alcohol beverage (4.5%) in comparison with wine (12%) and spirits such as vodka or whisky (45%). 

This means less pure alcohol entering the body. 100ml of a 5 per cent lager contained 43 calories, compared to the 84 calories of the same quantity of a 12 per cent white wine.

The digestive system is not taxed. It is an effective aperitif . The only natural drinks with fewer calories than beer are plain tea, black coffee and water.

Moderate drinkers live longer and better than drunks or teetotalers. Beer is perfect for moderate drinking because of its lower alcohol content and larger volume compared with wine or spirits.

Beer contains over 30 different minerals that come from malted barley . Beer contains significant amounts of nutrients, including magnesium, selenium, potassium, phosphorus, biotin and chromium.  

According to the United States Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database, one 12-ounce ( 355 ML or CC ) serving of regular beer has the following nutrients:
Calcium: 14 mg
Magnesium: 21 mg
Potassium: 96 mg
Sodium: 14 mg

As you can see beer is  low in calcium and high in magnesium. It is preventive against heart disease and against the formation of kidney stones and urinary tract. The low sodium content of beer means that it is low in salt and it has a diuretic effect. 

The high content of minerals, particularly potassium and magnesium, regulates electrolyte balance and ensures trouble-free cellular functionality.

Beer acts as a diuretic because it is low in sodium and high in potassium, which helps cleanse the body.  It has high levels of B vitamins, particularly folic acid, which is believed to help prevent heart attacks. Folic acid useful in the prevention of anemia.  B vitamins can help support the heart by lowering blood pressure, reproduction of red blood cells, and providing necessary functions to supply nutrients to the heart


The most amazing  health connection is something called xanthohumol, a flavonoid found only in hops.  Flavonoids are  potent antioxidants present in beer in significant quantities Xanthohumol is a potent antioxidant that inhibits cancer-causing enzymes. 

Hops also contain polyphenols, which help lower cholesterol, fight cancer and kill viruses. Beer contains antioxidants as well. Selenium and ferulic acid in beer are anti-oxidants.

Beer also has soluble fiber, good for keeping you regular, which in turn reduces the likelihood that your system will absorb unhealthy junk like fat. Beer can boost your metabolism.  Mpderate beer consumption may lower a drinker’s risk of diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes, and can even reduce weight gain.

Beer is sometimes referred to as "liquid bread".  Beer is only "processed" in the sense that bread is: It is cooked and fermented, then filtered and packaged.

Beer is the third-most popular beverage overall, after water and tea. Sales of beer are four times those of wine.

Chilling beer makes it more refreshing. Beer doesn't need preservatives because it has alcohol and hops, both of which are natural preservatives.

Beer not only has no cholesterol, it can actually improve the cholesterol in your body. In fact, drinking beer regularly and moderately will tilt your HDL/LDL cholesterol ratios the right way. You've got two kinds of cholesterol in your system: HDL, the "good" cholesterol that armor-plates your veins and keeps things flowing, and LDL, the "bad" cholesterol that builds up in your veins like sludge in your bathtub drain.

If you're someplace where you are advised not to drink the water, the local beer is always a safer bet. It's even safer than the local bottled water. Beer is boiled in the brewing process and is kept clean afterwards right through the bottle being capped and sealed, because if it isn't, it goes bad in obvious ways that make it impossible to sell. Even if it does go bad, though, there are no life-threatening bacteria bacteria that can live in beer.


So, what are you waiting for? 

KEEP AWAY FROM AMERICAN PISS BEERS  LIKE BUDWIESER,  MILLER ,  BLUE RIBBON PABST WHICH USES GM CORN AND HFCS SYRUP.

Grace and peace!




CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL
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27 comments:

  1. Captainji,

    Could you please explain (today being Shivarathri) the concepts of Chaturyuga and why modern concepts of time is not in tandem with that? Or are they talking the same?

    This always confuse me.

    Many thanks for your posts, you just rock!

    Warm Regards,
    Arjun

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    1. hi arjun,

      i have explained the yugas in the comments column of my post COMMON CHARACTERS OF RAMAYANA AND MAHABHARATA VADAKAYIL

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  2. Guruji,
    An off topic question. Does oil pulling with sunflower oil, as first thing in the morning, help cleanse our body? Have you ever thought about how it works?

    Kindly educate us in this regard.

    Best wishes as always...

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    1. hi manju,

      oil pulling is effective ONLY with fresh virgin coconut oil. one clove must be crushed into it.

      clove is the best anti-oxidant spice, germicidal and antispectic.

      The coconut oil pulls kapha (mucous), bacteria through the saliva.

      You will put into mouth one table spoon oil and spit out 3 table spoons of oil+saliva.

      Move oil slowly in the mouth as rinsing or swishing. Suck and pull oil through the teeth.

      Keep swishing and mixing with saliva in mouth for about 15 minutes

      capt ajit vadakayil
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  3. Dear Sir,

    Thank you again for a very nice post, I too love beers and my favorite beer after having many brands, is RedHorse (San Miguel , Manila).. I dont know why i am addicted to that only. I hope its not bad for health to get addicted to one particular brand.

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    1. hi robbie,

      had it once. will never have it again. aroma is poor.

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  4. Dear Captain ji,

    I usually enjoy reading your posts. Not this one though. Being a brahmin, I cannot imagine me drinking beer, eating eggs, etc even though they are good for health.
    I run half marathons, be on a juice diet, eat sprouts for breakfast with coconut (as prescribed by Sri Mantena Satyanarayana).., basically a strict vegetarian diet and so far I seem to have a healthy life.

    In my opinion, your post could send a wrong message. You are probably a rare breed of human with strong will power. But an average person cannot control the indulgences. Your prescription could lead to somebody's addiction.

    Of all the hundreds of great revealing posts you made, this post is the only one I have to disagree with you, one with least purpose, and an aberration. I feel sorry about that.

    Looking forward to read more great posts in future.

    - Hare Krishna

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    1. hi hk,

      curd is fermented milk.

      beer is fermented barley water.

      curd is more non-vegetarian than beer.

      alcohol in barley water /beer kills bacteria-- and it becomes a better drink.

      curd has plenty of bacteria types, some of them UNFRIENDLY .

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    2. hare krisna. you are a blind follower without understaning anything. you are just a pseudo bhraman who does NOT understand the meaning of it.

      i eat beef and it is allowed in shastras ? Ask Capt if you want.

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    3. hi sax,

      no --

      all this talk about BEEF is poison injected into hinduism by the christian white invader-- using their tamilian brahmin stooges in return for material favours.

      the tamil atheist EV periyar was also a british stooge used by the british to inject poison into vedas and manu smrithi -- for alienating the dravidians(sic!) and dalits .

      punch into google search AN OPEN LETTER TO SONIA GANDHI'S INQUISITOR VADAKAYIL

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    4. Jai Hind Capt, I understand that drinking Beer is useful. Yet, according to me it is NOT a good idea, as it increases alcohol in the blood. Even little alcohol is injustice to the blood. You may be having a vast research experience, but you lack the influence of alcohol on mind and body in the short term and long term. It definitely has medicinal values like tea, coffee, drugs etc. along with its slow and steady side-effects too. Alcohol...... no sir, its injustice to promote it. I would prefer plain water instead - on my table.
      I have read around more than 15 posts of yours, all of which is exceptionally EXCELLENT, except this one.
      Sir, why can't you promote any thing which is like ANTI-ALCOHOLISM or ANIT-LIQUOR in India??? Why can't we/you try to stop all the LIQUOR SHOPS in our own country (lets forget the other countries)???
      Jai Hind Jai Bharat

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  5. dear captain,

    moderate drinking(1-2 pegs a day)of local brandy (mc dowels/honey bee) is good for health??
    also advise which one is suitable for Indian conditions eg:Brandy/whisky/rum or vodka??

    Vinu
    seafarer(MSC shipping)

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    1. hi vinu,

      there is NO harm in drinking ONE peg of rum .

      BUT I AM NOT ADVOCATING ALCOHOL BENEFIT IN MY BLOG SITE.

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  6. I believe this is actually the most useful blog I've been through this entire day.
    Michael Johnson

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  7. "OM SOHAM SADGURUNATHA"
    March 22, 2014 at 6:09 AM
    Captain,
    An eye opener indeed....
    Latest in the market is the CMD (mineral drops) sold in the same way as MLM.
    www.mfadirect.com is the site. Many people have been lured to buy this.
    One such chap stays in our building selling these drops.
    Kinldy check that out & how safe it is for the general public.
    Also, what food should on have in order that rich minerals go into the body.
    HAve already the blog Dynamics of the Cell.
    Will be visiting the country where your favourite beer comes from.
    Warm regards...

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    Capt. Ajit Vadakayil
    March 22, 2014 at 7:58 AM
    hi oss,

    BioTrace CMD Ionic Concentrated Mineral Drops is a highly concentrated Ionic Mineral Supplement that contains 72 Macro and Trace Minerals.

    These minerals originate from the northern waters of the Great Salt Lake in Utah, and are harvested through solar evaporation.

    The body needs about 70 different minerals to carry out all the functions a body is required to do.

    But many may not realize there are two types of minerals: organic and inorganic.

    There is a big difference between minerals obtained from ORGANIC fruits / veggies/ fish readily absorbed by the human body and INORGANIC rock minerals from a salt lake.

    Rock sourced minerals not usable by the body, but are downright dangerous.

    Veggie / fruit minerals are bonded to carbon atoms while there is NIL carbon in inorganic minerals.

    We as human beings are carbon based, being bonded to a carbon atom theoretically makes any element more bioavailable and usable by a living organism.

    When minerals come from water, they are inorganic. Today, due to pollution, you take great risks drinking from a mineral stream.

    On the other hand most of the GM veggies/ fruits/ grains consumed today is excessively processed to the point of having little or no mineral nutrient content.

    Organic minerals from FRESH veggies / fruits are living and can bring life to cells. These contain carbon, and their electrons spin clockwise, just like those of the human body.
    Additionally, these cells can form an ionic bond with the body and can easily break down into materials to help with bodily function, such as tissue repair.

    Inorganic materials- these were never living, without carbon and cannot bring life to cells. The body treats these metals like toxins and are tightly held together; they cannot be easily broken down. And, their electrons spin counterclockwise, out of sync with the rest of the body—they do NOT tell you all this , right?

    Inorganic minerals are removed from water during nature's water cycle, that is, during evaporation from the sun, only the water itself is removed, with the inorganic chemicals behind—as god wants.

    Inorganic, or non-living, minerals cannot be utilized by humans or animals. However, plants can. And, they are the organisms that turn them into the organic minerals we can use through photosynthesis.

    But, the inorganic minerals that pass into our drinking water cannot help us and can in fact, harm us.

    This is because inorganic chemicals cannot absorb as nutrition into the cell walls and thus gets deposited elsewhere into the body.

    This can cause arthritis, joint pain, kidney and gallstones and even clogged arteries. Lime (calcium carbonate) is one of these minerals. Just think about what that does to your bathtub!

    OOPS !

    capt ajit vadakayil
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  8. is it OK to drink beer when a person is under medication like TB, ... just to keep my spirits up..

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    1. hi u,

      NO !

      the side effects will cause damage.

      capt ajit vadakayil
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  9. am the same person who asked for quick remedy for TB.. :-).. I am taking to beer and smoke to avoid pain, is smoking OK ?

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  11. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Six-more-H1N1-deaths-avoid-playing-Holi-NMC/articleshow/46472296.cms


    AVOID PLAYING HOLI- AVOID WASTING WATER - AVOID BURSTING DIWALI CRACKERS AS HIMALAYAN GLACIERS WILL MELT-- DRINK BEER ON HOLI - AVOID BHANG -


    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Holi-high-in-Delhi-Beer-upping-booze-sales/articleshow/46472117.cms


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    ALL THIS FOUL PROPAGANDA WILL NOT WORK ANY MORE . .

    INDIANS HAVE WOKEN UP . . .

    BEER IS FULL OF GM INGREDIENTS WHICH DAMAGE THE DNA AND BRAIN . . .

    BHANG IS HEALTHY FOR THE BRAIN AND BODY-- THE EVIL PHARMA SURVIVES JUST BECAUSE CANNABIS/ MARIJUANA IS BANNED . . .

    BHANG CAN REVERSE SWINE FLU - . . - .

    QUOTE : Even as the death toll of swine flu patients in Nagpur division touched 74, the NMC issued an appeal to citizens to avoid playing Holi UNQUOTE . .

    IS A FOUL LIE . . . .

    NO COUNTRY OR RELIGION CAN MATCH THE JOY, OUR RIP-ROARING HINDU FESTIVALS DELIVER . . .

    THIS IS THE MEANING OF FULL BLOODED CELEBRATIONS. . . .

    NOT SOME BULLSHIT DECADENT SEX CHARGED CARNIVALS WITH ALL PRETENDING TO BE HAJAAR HAPPY . . . .

    Every time the BENAMI Indian media and the foreign funded Christian missionary NGOs try to dampen the spirit of the revelers ..

    They have even gone to the extent of saying that our army jawans are wasting water by playing Holi. . .

    Holi is the greatest leveler in India, where an ordinary Jawan can walk up to a General and spray colour on him and the General reciprocates by putting colour on the Jawan and hugging him. . . . .

    During Holi celebrations there are no caste , gender, age , creed and financial status divides. All are equal. These celebrations have been going on for 6000 years . . . .

    It is stress busting time. The atmosphere is electric with fun and joy. People dance, sing songs and beat drums. . .

    The government does NOT arrest people who had Marijuana or Cannabis ( Bhang ) as long as they are not disruptive. . . .

    Enemies have heart to heart talks and make up on this day. Holi is celebrated on the day after the full moon in early March and glorifies good harvest and fertility of the land . . .

    Holi has NOTHING to do with Radha the FAKE and back dated creation of Rothschild. . .

    punch into Google search - -
    . . . . SAY NO TO HUMAN SUFFERING WITH CANNABIS VADAKAYIL . . . .

    and

    . . . .HOLI CELEBRATIONS , IMMORAL ATTACK ON HINDUISM AND INDIAN CULTURE VADAKAYIL . . . . .

    capt ajit vadakayil
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  12. Captain sir

    Why does ur blog comment section not support auto rotation on smartphone.. I have to type vertically rather than landscape mode
    Pls do smthng about it

    Also..after reading ur blog , I tried TSINGtAO beer (I have learnt and done many things after reading ur blog )- suryanamskar , amla juice , etc what not

    Ur blog has made me a proudbindian and now I have found a newfound love for my country even stronger than before..in was never a west aping or psuedo Indian , however after reading now ibrealise so much

    Can you tel me what to say to the person who does not believe what u write..it'd like they say this guy was not there at that time I'm history.how does he know all this is true..

    Also can we do sungazing at sunset too ?! I even bought pinhole glasses for my mom..she was in awe hpwbshe could read the smallest of writing which she could not with her spectacles

    But I cannot see far , I want to cure them quick..I use ramdevs eye drops..but I should start with eye exercises and I work a computer job..should ibwear anti glare glasses at that time



    Back to the beer question..it tasetd so good..and o realized it was the first beer which my mom gave sip of families were having fun..
    But I was sad to read that the ones we get in Chandigarh does not have spring water
    Or is it still the tastiest healthiest beer ever

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  13. Agree with your observation Capt is a Can of Carlsberg elephant a week good for health?

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  14. Helo sir this is a aishwary
    Very nice articl can u tell me all indian beer have some minerals or vitamins?????

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  15. Capt,

    I recently observed that while having a beer in a local bar or from local wines, me and my friends are feeling to much of hang over in the morning.............but when we drink the same brands of beer bought from a local " Metro" cash and carry maall , we are not experiencing that level of hang over...................

    Just started feeling that locally available beer in bar and wines are locally made with more alcohol that it should be or not sure why there is difference

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  16. Please write a full blog on our ancient Vedic Bhaang and it's benefits and perfect making.
    Regards.

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    1. http://ajitvadakayil.blogspot.in/2012/10/say-no-to-plastics-human-suffering-and.html

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