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February 03, 2015

Beer hops may prevent Alzheimer's: Study

Disclaimer: Research conducted on rats, not humans

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Veronica Bechtold, of Lancaster, Pa., wears a crown of hops as she tastes a beer at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, the world's largest beer competition.

Now here’s something to cheers: a new study found drinking beer may lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

OK, it’s not that clear cut, but before you wave this off as an excuse to imbibe in another round, there may be some truth to it.

The study, published in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, found the compound xanthohumol (Xn), commonly found in hops, helps protect against developing the memory impairing illness.

But before you head to the bar, you might want to know that the research, completed at Lanzhou University, was conducted on rats.

We have a feeling they won't have to search too hard for human test subjects.

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