Aug 18, 2005 - A beer launched in southern India claims to vitamin rich and protect the liver from harmful effects of alcohol.
Ladybird Bio Beer contains aloe-vera extracts as well as the normal ingredients of barley malt and hops, said inventor B. Srinivas Amarnath, whose product has attracted world-wide interest.
Bio Beer is already being exported to Canada, and inquiries have come from Malaysia and the United States, he said, adding that a delegation from the United Kingdom had visited and had shown interest in the product.
Amarnath said research showed that it did not harm the liver or cause ulcers and gastric illness.
"The results of human clinical trials have shown aloe vera increases the bioavailability of vitamins like B1, B6, B12, C and E," said CB Jagannatha Rao, senior vice president of Khoday group of industries.
Years of research have also proved that with the long-term use of the beverage, there was no ulceration, gastric trouble or other harmful effects from drinking it, Amarnath said. It protects the liver by improving its function, he said, claiming that it reduces the blood cholesterol and also maintains the bilirubin levels to normal levels.