STUDY: Why Beer May Actually Be Good for Your Brain

Society might tell you to stop drinking so much, but science is here to help enable you!

A recent study found that certain compounds in beer may be helpful in protecting brain cells from certain degenerative diseases, including dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease. IFLScience reports that, although nothing’s conclusive yet, the compounds are worth investigating as a preventative measure.

The study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, hypothesizes that beer may be a strong potential candidate for fighting neurodegenerative diseases, even if consuming large qualities isn’t always good for your brain (it does, after all, kill brain cells).

The compound in question is known as Xanthohumol and is an active ingredient in hops and beer. The compound is a flavonoid, a group of metabolites commonly found in plats, and it’s gotten press in the past for being a powerful antioxidant. In essence, beer may be good for you for the same reason berries, dark chocolates and red wine are, as all of them have the protective potential against little-known illnesses like, say, cancer.

Now, does beer for sure cure cancer? Too early to say (read: probably not.)

IFL Science explains the science better than we can. Read their article here.