Jan 28, 2015

Can Beer Help Fend Off Alzheimer's?

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

This recent study is beginning to get some traction in the main stream media so I just couldn't resist the temptation to bring it up here in the Alzheimer's Reading Room.

A growing body of evidence and medical science is suggesting that oxidative damage to neuronal cells contributes to the development of diseases that originate in the brain.

The study summarized below indicates that a compound from hops could protect brain cells from damage -- and potentially slow the development of disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.



A compound found in hops may be able to do just that. The substance, xanthohumol, has attracted the attention of scientists because it includes antioxidation, cardiovascular protection, and anticancer properties. The authors of the study decided to investigate.

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Beer compound could help fend off Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases

The health-promoting perks of wine have attracted the spotlight recently, leaving beer in the shadows. But scientists are discovering new ways in which the latter could be a more healthful beverage than once thought.
  • They are now reporting in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that a compound from hops could protect brain cells from damage -- and potentially slow the development of disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.
Jianguo Fang and colleagues note that mounting evidence suggests that oxidative damage to neuronal cells contributes to the development of diseases that originate in the brain. If scientists could find a way to guard these cells from this type of damage, they might be able to help prevent or slow down Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative conditions.
  • One compound found in hops, called xanthohumol, has gotten the attention of researchers for its potential benefits, including antioxidation, cardiovascular protection and anticancer properties.
Fang's team decided to test xanthohumol's effects on brain cells.
  • In lab tests, the researchers found that the compound could protect neuronal cells and potentially help slow the development of brain disorders. 
  • The scientists conclude xanthohumol could be a good candidate for fighting such conditions.


The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 161,000 members.
Source EurekAlert.


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