Emerging research suggests that the flavanoid “xanthohumol” found in hops and beer – has been shown to ward of certain neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
This is a huge deal!
The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that Alzheimer’s currently affects over five million Americans, and That’s just the U.S! That number is expected to more than double to 13.8 million by the year 2050.[otw_shortcode_quote border_style=”bordered”]Alzheimers disease is currently the only disease amongst the top causes of death in America that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed. –alz.org[/otw_shortcode_quote]
Parkinson’s is second only to Alzheimer’s disease as the most prevalent nuerodegnerative disease, affecting more than 6 million people worldwide.
For their investigation, Dr. Jiangou and his team of researchers at the University of Lanzhou, China exposed rat nuerons to Xanthohumol and then damaged the cells through oxidative stress. What they found was simply amazing, not only did Xanthohumol isolate damaging reactive molecules but it also increased production of cytoprotective genes which protect our cells from oxidative stress and other stress-related diseases such as neuro degeneration, inflammation and cancer.[otw_shortcode_quote border_style=”bordered”]In traditional Chinese medicine, hops have been used to treat a variety of ailments for centuries. The presence of a high concentration of Xn in beers might be linked to the epidemiological observation of the beneficial effect of regular beer drinking. -Dr. Jiangou Fang of Lanzhou University[/otw_shortcode_quote]
While the initial conclusions drawn from these early trials are promising, make no mistake that their is still a lot of work to be done to validate and test these early findings. That being said, It shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise that beer has historically been…well.. fucking awesome! Beer has been a source of antioxidants, nutrition and antibiotics for us humans for millenia. Many of these “hidden” benefits we are only beginning to understand.
This is one news story that truly warrants raising a glass!
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**If you’d like to learn more – Dr. Jiangou has published his findings in the ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Also, just in case it wasn’t obvious, drinking heavily will far outweigh any positive health benefits that may otherwise accompany moderate drinking!
(generally 1 drink per day for women and 2 per day for men.).