YOU CAN FORGET AN APPLE, how about a beer a day to keep the doctor away? That might actually be the case . . . if you’re a woman. New research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined 2OO,OOO women and found that drinking beer puts females at a lower risk for osteoporosis by helping to preserve bone density. Another study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that women who had half to one drink a day had less cognitive impairment and less cognitive decline than non-drinkers. So why is beer so beneficial? Hops – used to give beer its bitterness and flavor – contain good-for-you flavonoids, nutrients that are thought to prevent colds, soothe menopause symptoms and even lower risk of heart attack. To get the full nutritional value, opt for IPAs and darker craft beers which have a higher concentration of flavonoids.