1 / 9   The Health Benefits of Beer

Can you drink yourself pretty? In April 2015, Japanese brewing company Suntory launched a new light beer called Precious that contains two grams of collagen in each can. Suntory claims that drinking collagen — a naturally occuring protein that gives skin its elasticity — will make you look younger. When injected, collagen does reduce signs of aging by making skin look plump and smoothing out lines and wrinkles. But there is no scientific evidence that drinking collagen will make you look prettier; in fact, because collagen is a protein, your digestive system will just break it down before it even has a chance to reach your skin.

So collagen-infused beer may not be the fountain of youth, but regular beer does come with many surprising health benefits, from brightening your smile to heading off dementia. While you may hear more about the healthy effects of red wine, beer is just as rich in beneficial chemicals called polyphenols.

Here are eight healthy reasons to enjoy a brewsky once in a while: