Beer is delicious and has been a part of healthy living for years, but why is it good for us? Beer can provide mental benefits because it helps people relax and can bring temporary moments of joy. It also works on a physical level, which is what researchers have been looking into. The hops are one key ingredient that makes beer a healthy choice. Hops have been used in teas to improve physical health of individuals and are used in beer.
So drink it up! Just not too much.
In one study, appearing in theÂ Journal of Natural Products, a team of Italian researchers identified three previously unknown chemicals fromÂ Cascade hopsâ€”which are used in many American brews, but perhaps notably as a finishing hop inÂ Sierra Nevadaâ€™s Pale Ale. One of the chemicals has clear anti-inflammatory properties.
In a second study, presented this week at the American Chemical Societyâ€™s annual conference in San Diego, researchers from the University of Idaho report figuring out a streamlined procedure for makingÂ synthetic versionsÂ of two key hop chemicals,Â humuloneÂ andÂ lupulone, which are known to have antimicrobial and anticancer activity. With their artificial versions, the researchers plan to make an assortment of chemical tweaks to optimize the compounds for disease-busting drugs.