Posted by: Jessie | January 27, 2010

Beer can help fight cancer???

Then Good News Network sent me a link to this article saying that hops has anti-cancer type action.  Whoda thunkit?


Why Beer is the Latest Hope In Fight Against Cancer

By Anastasia Stephens

Researchers at the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg have discovered that beer contains a powerful molecule that helps protect against breast and prostate cancers.

Scientists have long known that substances in hops help to block oestrogen. This is the first time, however, that they have been found to also inhibit testosterone.

‘Research is still early but in trials we hope to further demonstrate that xanthohumol actively prevents prostate cancer development,’ says Clarissa Gerhauser of the Heidelberg centre. If successful, xanthohumol may one day be developed as a cancer-fighting drug.

So which brews are likely to be richest in xanthohumol?

‘Hops give beer its bitter flavour, so traditional bitters and ales will contain far more of this substance than light lagers,’ explains Ben McFarland, author of the World’s Best Beers.

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  1. There’s also evidence that beer increases bone density and can prevent osteoperosis: And bitters are better in this case as well. So after a couple ales tonight, I’m feeling pretty healthy.

  2. Does this mean “An IPA a day keeps the doctor away?

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