You read that right! There is a beer for breast cancer survivors!
Prague, Czech Republic – Alcohol consumption is a big no-no for women who are at high risk for and already diagnosed with breast cancer. Research have shown that alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine and liquor increase the risk for developing hormone receptor positive cancer. Furthermore, alcohol is also thought to increase estrogen levels and induce DNA damage. In short, consuming a more than moderate amounts of alcohol can spell disaster.
According to a Nielsen Harris survey done in 2017, Beer is America’s overall favorite alcoholic drink. Among the 2, 146 adults included in the survey who considered themselves regular drinkers, 55% of men name beer as their number 1 drink. Women on the other hand, named wine as their alcoholic drink of choice followed by beer.
Once diagnosed with Breast Cancer, women are advised to completely forgo alcoholic drinks. If you’re a woman who enjoyed a drink every once in a while, being told that you’ve already had your last drink can be devastating. It’s like putting cement on the fact that your life will never be the same after the diagnosis. No more fun afternoons with family and friends shared over a hearty meal and alcoholic drinks.
Mama Help is an organization by survivors for survivors.
Mamma Help, a non-profit organization based in the Czech Republic, knows all too well what it’s like to have your life turned upside down because of cancer. All their employees are survivors and are committed to helping these women and their families get back to normal as soon as possible. This is the reason why they helped develop Mamma Beer.
Unlike your average beer, Mamma Beer contains no alcohol and is actually good for breast cancer survivors. As we all know, loss of appetite is a common side effect of treatment. Mamma Beer is formulated to be pleasing even to the most sensitive and tasteless palette.
Brewed by one of Prague’s own Zatec Brewery, Mamma beer is formulated with vitamin B and potassium. It is designed to strengthen the survivor’s immune system! Mamma Help has distributed these beers for free at some local oncology wards to the delight of patients. Most couldn’t believe that someone actually cared enough to brew a beer especially for them!
Mamma Beer is available in select local pharmacies in Prague. It will also be featured in the upcoming Prague Beer Fest happening next month.
Mama Help believes that it is important to heal a woman’s psyche as well as her body. The possibility of being able to enjoy a bottle of beer – even if its not technically a beer – can help bring back a woman’s desire for life. To learn more about what Mamma Help does, make sure to visit their website!