This is so news we can use: Beer is a rich dietary source of the mineral silicon, and silicon saves bones. Here's an excerpt from ScienceDaily:
Researchers from the Department of Food Science & Technology at the University of California, Davis studied commercial beer production to determine the relationship between beer production methods and the resulting silicon content, concluding that beer is a rich source of dietary silicon.One of the investigators provides guidance on the best beers for increasing your silicon intake:
The original study was published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. This study just examined the silicon content of beer. They didn't look to see if people who drink beer have stronger bones that those who don't. That would be a good study to do, though. And of course you'll be expecting all the usual caveats: Prevent osteoporosis responsibly, don't get behind the wheel of a car if you've been preventing osteoporosis in a reckless or too-enthusiastic fashion, remember that using beer to prevent osteoporosis could make you fat, etc.
"Beers containing high levels of malted barley and hops are richest in silicon," concludes Dr. Bamforth. "Wheat contains less silicon than barley because it is the husk of the barley that is rich in this element. While most of the silicon remains in the husk during brewing, significant quantities of silicon nonetheless are extracted into wort and much of this survives into beer."