Beer, Preventative Medicine?

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A new study suggests that hops, the flower used to bitter beer, may in fact be good for you. A group of compounds known as flavanoids appear to have anti-oxidant properties that may prevent some types of cancer. Most American lagers appear to be too watered down to have beneficial effects, but styles such as stouts and porters appear to have relatively high levels of the chemicals. The scientists won’t go so far as to recommend that you go out and down a few cases over the weekend:

“We can’t say that drinking beer will help prevent cancer,” said Fred Stevens, OSU assistant professor of pharmacy and scientist in the Linus Pauling Institute.

Source: [Associated Press]

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