Can Beer Give You A Brain Boost?
This study may sound too good to be true: a compound found in hops, a main ingredient used in brewing beer, could boost memory and thinking. Researchers from Oregon State University gave mice supplements of the compound for eight weeks then put them through some tests for cognitive function, like a maze that requires thinking and memory skills. The younger mice who received the compound improved their performance in the maze, while the older ones performed the same as they had before the dose.
The compound, known scientifically as xanthohumol, is a flavonoid. Flavonoids are found in plants and researchers have previously linked them to other health benefits for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects: the flavonoids in cocoa, for example, have been known to lower blood pressure and reduce blood clots.
Here’s the catch: To get the amount of hops the mice had, you would need to consume 2,000 liters of beer every day — or roughly 5,000 bottles. At which point, we’re pretty sure you’d negate those cognitive benefits.
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