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Can Beer Make You Smarter?

Can Beer Make You Smarter?
Kelera Domona cleaning up part of the new wing at the Lautoka Municipal Market on January 16, 2019. Photo: Nicolette Chambers
October 04
07:26 2014

Beer, or at least one of its ingredients, could boost brain function, a new study has found.
But a leisurely pint is unlikely to have any intellectual benefit, because a person would need to drink the equivalent of 3520 pints (2000 litres) a day to stand any chance of boosting their cognitive abilities.
Researchers demonstrated that xanthohumol – a type of flavonoid found in hops and beer – improved cognitive function in young mice.
Flavonoids are compounds found in plants that often give them their colour and scientists have been studying them in blueberries, dark chocolate and red wine to uncover any potential benefits that could help fight cancer and heart disease, for example.
Scientists hope that xanthohumol could be used to treat metabolic syndrome, a condition associated with obesity and high blood pressure, as well as age-related deficits in memory. The rare micronutrient is found in the hops, commonly used to make beer.
Experts at Oregon State University (OSU) believe they have taken a step to understanding the degradation of memory that happens with age in many mammals, including humans, because no effect was seen in older mice used in the study.


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