Everyone loves to tout the effects of red wine, but did you know that beer has some surprising health benefits as well?

This St. Patrick's Day, you may enjoy that beer even more knowing you'll be improving bone health and helping your kidneys — yes, you read that right. Remember that beer is definitely not a health food, but it's a drink you can enjoy every once in a while that can actually improve some aspects of your health. Nearly all of the research out there suggests that drinking in moderation is the only way to reap the benefits of beer.

Check out the slideshow above to learn more about the surprising health benefits of beer.

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