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There are studies which confirm that drinking wine in moderation is actually good for your body. But, what about beer lovers? Does their favorite alcoholic beverage have no benefit whatsoever? Well, according to a recent study conducted by Chinese scientists, there is actually a new healthy reason to drink beer.
This study found that beer could fight degenerative brain disease by protecting the brain from damage. The study was performed at Lanzhou University and it was discovered that xanthohumol, a compound found in beer, could have the ability to combat brain diseases such as dementia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
What Exactly Is Xanthohumol?
Xanthohumol (Xn) is a natural product found in hops that received much attention after the release of the study’s results. This is a type of flavonoid with antioxidant properties, which means it’s able to guard the brain against diseases. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia are often caused by oxidative stress, which occurs when there’s an imbalance as the body breaks down oxygen. Even though oxidative stress is not the main cause of neurodegenerative issues, scientists still believe it’s one of the factors which contribute to the development of these diseases.
Benefits of Xanthohumol
Furthermore, researchers have added that hops have already been used in Chinese medicine for centuries now. Beer contains a high concentration of xanthohumol, which is very useful in protecting the brain’s health. This flavonoid has actually been the purpose of many health studies in the past. In fact, German researchers in 2010 even discovered that xanthohumol suppresses PSA, a protein which spreads prostate cancer.
In the meantime, a couple of years ago scientists from Oregon State University also found that xanthohumol, especially high doses of it, could improve the cognitive function of laboratory mice. In addition to this, xanthohumol is believed to have the ability to provide many other benefits such as cancer chemoprevention, cancer prevention, cardiovascular protection, antivirus, anti-oxidation, anti-inflammation, and anti-obesity.
According to statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association, about five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. So, if you want to reduce the risk, you may want to think about drinking a few beers to reap the benefits. Nevertheless, it should be noted that it’s advisable to practice moderate consumption. Under no circumstance is binge drinking encouraged. In that case, you may experience other health problems related to too much alcohol in the body.
If consumed in the right way, it was revealed that moderate drinking of beer led to bigger hippocampus as well as improved episodic memory in people.
So, as long as they drink it moderately, this is definitely good news for beer drinkers!