Study Finds Beer Compound to Protect the Brain, Prevent Alzheimer’s

by Mike Barrett

Just remember to drink in moderation

Recent research has given us at least one good to drink some brew. The new study has identified a compound in hops known as xanthohumol (or Xn) which has been shown to improve cognitive function and help slow dementia. In other words, the scientists suggest that people who regularly drink beer might be better able to ward off the progression of neurological diseases.

The study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, states:
“Xanthohumol…a polyphenol chalcone from hops…has received increasing attention due to its multiple pharmacological activities. As an active component in beers, its presence has been suggested to be linked to the epidemiological observation of the beneficial effect of regular beer drinking…Our results demonstrate that Xn is a novel small-molecule activator of Nrf2 in neuronal cells and suggest that Xn might be a potential candidate for the prevention of neurodegenerative disorders.”
Kathy Magnusson, a professor in the OSU Department of Biomedical Sciences, principal investigator with the Linus Pauling Institute and corresponding author on this study, said:
“This flavonoid and others may have a function in the optimal ability to form memories. Part of what this study seems to be suggesting is that it’s important to begin early in life to gain the full benefits of healthy nutrition.”

Daniel Zamzow, a former OSU doctoral student and now a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin/Rock County also notes how other research focusing on xanthohumol has uncovered even more benefits. According to past research, xanthohumol can speed up metabolism and reduce fatty acids in the liver – in addition to improving cognitive flexibility. A study has even found evidence for the potential application of XN as a novel, readily available chemopreventive agent.

But in this recent study, the compound didn’t have the same effect on older mice tested.
“…Unfortunately it did not reduce palmitoylation in older mice, or improve their learning or cognitive performance, at least in the amounts of the compound we gave them,” Zamzow said.
Of course even with research like this showcasing a benefit of indulging, excessive drinking should be avoided. Everything in moderation, right? What these findings provide for the average person is a little comfort for those who choose to drink, regardless of the potential negative health effects. Looks like wine doesn’t hold ALL the health-glory.

About the author
| Mike is the co-founder, editor, and researcher behind Natural Society. Studying the work of top natural health activists, and writing special reports for top 10 alternative health websites, Mike has written hundreds of articles and pages on how to obtain optimum wellness through natural health. Google+

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  1. Great article- Thank you!

    I’m not a avid beer drinker, but do recognize the health benefits, the same can be said of wine as well with both in moderation. However, I do question the following:

    Of all the beer manufactures out there, which ones can publish their chemical analysis regarding the amount of Fluoride in their water they use to make the beer? They don’t even list! The same is true with wine?

    Some European and other countries don’t have or have very little concentrations of fluoride in their wine or beer.
    I don’t think that can be said of American in essence, the propagation of drinking as reflected in our culture is detrimental having a hidden element imbedded within, that is a severe threat to ones true health! For it is well documented that fluoride crystalizes the pineal gland in the brain, preventing it to function properly, not to mention may other adverse effects it has upon the body.

    If one is not educated regarding the detrimental effects of ingesting fluoride in our drinking water and food as well as other prodcts in knowing what effects that has upon the human body, then one should educate themselves as soon as possible.
    Contact the manufactures of same and ask them.. what are their concentrations of Fluoride in their products and see what they say and learn if they are present or not? If not then drink up ! If there is....then wise up and dont buy that brand !


  2. What synchronicity ! Its amazing how that is more and more apparent in the time of our Now when knowledge will be increased.

    Here is another great article about beer that I just found today and I admit, I also failed to mentioned regarding same in this post, as I was more focused in the impacts of fluoridated water to make the beer / wine. Granted, their water purifications methods for their manufacturing and production may remove? ... notice I said may? So that’s what needs to be determined by the one looking to find out its truth.

    Regarding GMO’s and beer this is a great article for your considerations

    Peace and good health to all