Cancer-fighting agent found in beer
A key ingredient of beer may contain
a cancer-fighting substance, a German study indicated.
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Studies indicated xanthohumol, found in hops, inhibits a family of enzymes
that can trigger the cancer process, as well as help the body detoxify
carcinogens, science newswire Ivanhoe reported Monday. Preliminary studies at
Oregon State University show that xanthohumol can
kill breast, colon, ovarian and prostate cancers.
"It's very healthy. I think the ingredients in the beer are very
good," Werner Back of Brewing Technology at the Technical University of
Xanthohumol contains more powerful antioxidants than vitamin E and some studies
indicate it helps reduce oxidation of bad cholesterol, the newswire reported.
"Xanthohumol has been shown to be a very active
substance against cancer," said Markus Herrmann ,
also in Munich. "It comes in small sticky beads, which you find within the
But don't frost that mug just yet. It would take 60 regular beers to equal the
amount of xanthohumol German researchers are able to
brew in their one super beer.