The Main Ingredient in Beer Could Improve Memory

The Main Ingredient in Beer Could Improve Memory
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The Main Ingredient in Beer Could Improve Memory

Read on to learn how beer improves memory.

Researchers at the Linus Pauling Institute and College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University studied the effect that the flavonoid xanthohumol had on mice for eight weeks. The findings were published in the journal, Behavioral Brain Research.

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Flavonoids are compounds found in plants. They are responsible for the color of blueberries, dark chocolate and wine. They also happen to give hops its bitter taste.

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The xanthohumol had a big impact on young mice, who showed big strides in cognitive flexibility and spatial memory. This didn't happen in older mice.

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Before you start getting too excited about this news, know that it would take an enormous amount of beer to get the effective amount of xanthohumol. You'd have to drink 2,000 liters or about 5,636 bottles of beer a day, which no one should ever do. The researchers used supplements of xanthohumol to carry out the study.

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Still, xanthohumol has been studied in the hopes of helping to treat metabolic syndrome, which can occur due to high blood pressure and obesity.

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In moderation, there are a lot of other health benefits to drinking beer. Beer can be good for kidneys, helpful to bone health, good for the heart and could even reduce cancer risk. Remember, drinking too much beer has many adverse effects on the health as well!

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Good news for beer lovers! A new study has found that the beloved beverage could actually have a positive impact on the brain. Thanks to a compound in the hops, beer could help to improve your memory.

Check out the slideshow above to learn more about how beer could improve memory.

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