Want to prevent osteoporosis? Drink a beer. An ale is better than a lager.
A nutritionist at Cambridge University, Jonathon Powell, has found that while ethanol in beer helps to prevent bone loss, the presence of silicon in the form of orthosilicic acid promotes bone growth. Guess what? Beer is an excellent source of this dietary silicon.
A good ale will contain about 1/3 of the daily recommended amount of silicon, and for some reason the absorption of the silicon is enhanced with the beer.
It's even more important for older women, because silicon combines with estrogen, so it may be more important for post-menopausal women to raise a pint.
So treat the important women in your life. L'Chaim.
p.s. An old beer advertisement.