Recently, I’ve been recovering from some minor surgery, so I cut back on my beer consumption. I feel like craft beer should be earned (or at least it’s more appreciated that way) so I went so far as not having any beer for a while.
OK, I didn’t have any beer for a day. That was a big deal for me.
But now I’m easing back into running again and returning to my standard two glasses of beer a night, usually shared with my wife. I recently stocked up on Deschutes’ Fresh Squeezed IPA, Upland’s Dragonfly IPA and others from a weekend trip to Binny’s outside Chicago.
Thankfully, by returning to my nightcap I’m potentially improving my long-term health. A new study out finds that a compound found in hops could protect the brain against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Xanthohumol has already been linked to anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects, and when tested on the brain cells of lab rats it helped to “reduce oxidative stress on the brain cells,” according to the study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
If you’re not up to date on the effects of oxidative stress, it’s not something you want happening to you. It’s believed to cause “adult neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease,” according to the study’s authors.
So it turns out that beer can do the opposite of the cliché that it destroys brain cells. It saves them.
Thanks to PsyBlog for the heads up.