Medical News Today recently reported that researchers from the Department of Food Science & Technology at the University of California have discovered that beer is a significant source of dietary silicon, a key ingredient for increasing bone mineral density. After studying commercial beer production to determine the relationship between beer production methods and the resulting silicon content, researchers concluded that beer is a rich source of dietary silicon.
Lead author of the study, Charles Bamforth commented “the factors in brewing that influence silicon levels in beer have not been extensively studied, we have examined a wide range of beer styles for their silicon content and have also studied the impact of raw materials and the brewing process on the quantities of silicon that enter wort and beer.”
He went on to say, “Beers containing high levels of malted barley and hops are richest in silicon,” concludes Dr. Bamforth. “Wheat contains less silicon than barley because it is the husk of the barley that is rich in this element. While most of the silicon remains in the husk during brewing, significant quantities of silicon nonetheless are extracted into wort and much of this survives into beer.”