Drinking to Forget is Out, Drinking for Memory is the Way to Go

Beer is largely associated with calories and does not enjoy the same health glamor wine does, but that thinking may be obsolete now.

Studies have found that flavonoid xanthohumol or Xn found in hops prevent oxidation processes that are found to have links with Alzheimer’s disease. Hops, which are integral in the beer-making process, have also been observed to have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and heart-protective properties.

Not that anyone has enough reasons to moderately consumer beer, but these studies can only mean one thing: read the article below for more information, and bottoms up!

via medicaldaily.com

Many a beer drinker has heard about the health benefits of red wine over the past few years. In fact, there have been so many studies on the supposed elixir of life that there’s a good chance some beer drinkers, looking to confer the same benefits, have converted into wine connoisseurs. But convert not my fellow beer drinker, for beer also confers some health benefits, according to a new study, which found a compound within can ward off dementia and other cognitive decline.

Researchers from the University of Lanzhou, China, however, found in their new study that the flavonoid xanthohumol (Xn) may delay or even prevent the onset of dementia and other cognitive decline. The antioxidant, which is found in beer’s hops — those flowers that are added to beer for flavor, giving it its bitterness and tanginess (think most new, dark craft beers) — has been shown to have anti-cancer, anti-oxidation, and heart-protective properties, as well as the ability to prevent inflammation, Healthline reported. For the study, the researchers isolated Xn molecules and tested them on the brain cells of lab rats, finding they were able to neutralize ROS by encouraging the production of neuroprotective molecules.

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