Preventing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases with Beer

Preventing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases with Beer
neuronsMany health practitioners recommend a glass of red wine a day to promote health benefits. But what about beer? A recent study published by researchers at Lanzhou University in China explores the possibility that beer may also promote health. The article, titled "Xanthohumol, a Polyphenol Chalcone Present in Hops, Activating Nrf2 Enzymes to Confer Protection against Oxidative Damage in PC12 Cells," appeared in the January 28th issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, published by the American Chemical Society. The work was led by first author Juan Yao and colleagues. The researchers decided to study the compound xanthohumol (2′,4′,4-trihydroxy-6′-methoxy-3′-prenylchalcone), which comes from the hops that are used to make beer. According to the authors this molecule "has received increasing attention due to its multiple pharmacological activities." Beer is the primary way that humans become exposed to this compound. The scientists synthesized xanthohumol in the lab and tested it on some cells grown in a dish, called PC12 cells. These cells act like brain cells (neurons).  They wanted to know if xanthohumol had the abil
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