The Unrepentant Individual

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June 12, 2006

Mmm… Hops.

New study finds beer helps prevent prostate cancer:

One of the main ingredients in beer appears to thwart prostate cancer, according to findings released by researchers at a university in the US state of Oregon.

However, a person would have to quaff more than 17 pints to imbibe a medically effective dose of xanthohumol, the evident cancer-fighting chemical found in hops, according to researcher Emily Ho.

“From my studies, you would have to drink an awful lot of beer to get the amount that I saw,” Ho told AFP. “So the counter effects of the alcohol may outweigh any health benefits from drinking beer.”

Hmm, I’ll bet that drinking beer is more pleasant that a prostate exam. Luckily, I’m still young enough not to know that by experience…

But the interesting thing is the fact that this revolves around hops. So, a lightly-hopped Miller Lite may require you to drink 17 beers, but a hop-bomb like Stone’s Ruination IPA, with roughly 10 times the bitterness (caused by hops) of that Miller Lite, might not require so many.

I guess that makes it a good think that my current homebrew batch is a clone of that Ruination IPA, using a ridiculous amount of hops :-)

If anything, this isn’t a command for you to drink more beer. It’s a command to drink more GOOD beer.

UPDATE: It looks like coffee helps cut the damage to the liver caused by alcohol. Considering it also have strong anti-oxidant effects, this only adds to it’s health benefits. Considering I pretty much only drink beer, coffee, and water, I must be the healthiest man alive!

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  1. Brad, I can’t remember the last time I heard this much good news. Thanks for the report. I’m off to have a whisky. I’ll be dinking coffee in the A.M. and some water in the afternoon until it’s time for whisky again.

    Comment by John Newman — June 12, 2006 @ 8:22 pm
  2. John,

    Whiskey doesn’t have hops in it. Thus, no xanthohumol.

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — June 12, 2006 @ 8:26 pm
  3. Thanks for trying to ruin my day – but it didn’t work. It wasn’t the prostate I was worried about, it was the liver. Pumpkin seeds for the prostate and coffee for the liver. I’m all set.

    Comment by John Newman — June 12, 2006 @ 9:24 pm
  4. Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of hops, so this doesn’t help me much. Not like it’s going to stop me from drinking beer though.

    Comment by Neal — June 12, 2006 @ 10:01 pm
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