Beer Hops Might Help Prevent Alzheimer’s

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New study shows hops has protective properties on brains
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A new study indicates that hops could have protective properties that could help prevent neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease that seems to strike innocent people out of nowhere. Any news of something that can help prevent it is good news, especially if the new preventative is something people want to consume anyway, like beer.

According to Foodbeast, a new study in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reports that a compound commonly found in hops has an antioxidant property that can help protect brain cells. Oxidation causes damage to brain cells, which can contribute to the development of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

According to the new study, antioxidant compounds in beer can help protect brain cells from oxidation. This study has so far only been conducted on rats, but the implications give one reason to be optimistic. Further studies will need to be conducted before any kind of protective effect on human brains can be confirmed, but in the meantime check out some of our best beer recipes for some easy ways to sneak some more hops into one’s diet.