Obviously not in large quantities due to the alcohol and I would argue, gluten. One better way of gaining access to the health advantages of hops is to drink dried hops tea. The occassional beer, however, can have health improving effects as long as you do not over do it.
Compound in Beer Might Help Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s Diseases
The health boosting benefits of grape wine has drawn the limelight fairly recently, placing beer in the shadows. However researchers are identifying unique ways in which the beer and hops might become a healthy refreshment than once believed. They are now revealing in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that a element found in hops may shield brain cells from breakdown — and possibly reduce the formation of conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
Jianguo Fang and fellow workers have taken note of growing evidence suggests that oxidative deterioration to neuronal cells leads to the formation of conditions that arise in the human brain. If researchers could find a way to guard these cells from this type of damage, they might be able to help prevent or slow down Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions.
One particular element uncovered in hops, called xanthohumol, has received the interest of research workers for its possible benefits, such as antioxidation, cardiovascular protection and anticancer properties. Fang’s staff made the decision to test xanthohumol’s impact on human brain cells.
In laboratory trials, the research workers noticed that the substance could guard neuronal cells and possibly help slow down the formation of brain conditions. The researchers determine xanthohumol would be a effective prospect for combating such ailments.
The authors accept financing from Lanzhou University and the Natural Science Foundation of Gansu Province.
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Juan Yao, Baoxin Zhang, Chunpo Ge, Shoujiao Peng, Jianguo Fang. Xanthohumol, a Polyphenol Chalcone Present in Hops, Activating Nrf2 Enzymes to Confer Protection against Oxidative Damage in PC12 Cells. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2015; 150114105705007 DOI: 10.1021/jf505075n