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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Study Suggests Hops Can Help Battle Cancer

A study at Oregon State University has found a substance in hops can help fight several types of common cancers.

The researchers discovered that xanthohumol, which is found in the key beer ingredient hops, helps detoxify carcinogens and can kill breast, colon, prostate and ovarian cancers.

The problem is that an individual would have to consume 60 beers a day to get the maximum cancer fighting benefits of xanthohumol. A team involved in the brewing technology section of the Technical University of Munich in Germany is said to be working on ways of concentrating the amount of xanthohumol in beer.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If the ingredients in beer help to prevent cancer, this could be viewed by insurance companies as preventative maintenance and therefore be covered. Blue Cross should pay for beer up to 60 per day per person with cancer risks.