There are studies that say wine, when moderately consumed, is actually good for the body. This leaves the beer-drinkers almost out of excuse to drink their favorite alcoholic beverage. However, in a recent study conducted by scientists in China showed that there is something for beer lovers to celebrate about.
According to the study, beer could help combat degenerative brain diseases by means of protecting the brain from damage. The researchers performed the study at Lanzhou University where they have discovered that xanthohumol, a compound found in beers, could have the ability to fight off brain diseases, including dementia, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s.
More about the Beer Compound
Xanthohumol (Xn) is the chemical found in hops that is under the spotlight after the release of the study. It is a type of flavonoid that has antioxidant properties, which means it is capable of guarding the brain against diseases. Dementia, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s are often a result of oxidative stress, which occurs when there is an imbalance taking place as the body breaks down oxygen. Oxidative stress may not be the main cause of neurodegenerative issues, but it is believed to be among the contributing factors in the development of the diseases.
Added Benefits of Xanthohumol
The researchers added that hops have already been used for centuries in Chinese medicine. Beers have high concentration of xanthohumol, which is beneficial for safeguarding the brain’s health. The flavonoid has actually attracted a number of health studies in the past. In fact, in 2010, there are German researchers that discovered how Xn suppresses PSA, which is a protein that spreads prostate cancer.
Meanwhile, just last year Oregon State University scientists found that xanthohumol, especially in very high amounts, could improve the cognitive function of laboratory mice. Aside from this, Xn is said to have the ability to provide multiple other benefits, including cardiovascular protection, cancer chemoprevention, cancer prevention, antivirus, anti-inflammation, anti-oxidation, and anti-obesity.
Based on the statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association, there are about five million Americans with Alzheimer’s. If you are at risk, you may want to start drinking a few beers to gain the benefits. However, it is important to note that moderate consumption should still be practiced. Do not start binge drinking; otherwise, you will experience other health problems associated with too much alcohol in the body.
When consumed correctly, it is discovered that moderate drinking of beer resulted to people having larger hippocampus and improved episodic memory.