Scientists Discover the ‘Healthy’ Molecules in Beer

by | January 31, 2013 at 11:12 AM | Food, Health


We expect this molecule to be the beer version of resveratrol.

By Jessica Chou, Editor

We always knew that beer could be healthy (all those hops!), but it turns out that scientists could use specific beer molecules to make actual medicine. It won’t be as social as going through a growler with friends, but it’s probably better for our liver.

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Researchers at the University of Washington have discovered the precise molecular configuration of humulones, a substance from hops that makes the beer bitter.

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According to the new study, led by Werner Kaminsky, pharmaceuticals based off humulones could potentially help treat diabetes, some types of cancers, and other diseases.

Past research has suggested that beer’s bitterness could help cure colds, inflammation, diabetes, and perhaps help weight loss (although our beer belly says otherwise). Unfortunately, however, this does not give us an excuse to keep on drinking.

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“Excessive beer consumption cannot be recommended to propagate good health,” the authors say, “[but] isolated humulones and their derivatives can be prescribed with documented health benefits.” Well, that certainly seems to take all the fun out of it.

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