Beer boosts brainpower—but only in the young

Gotthilf Heinrich von Schubert [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

Flavonoids are compounds found in many plants whose nutritional benefits and antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects have been widely studied. The hops used to make beer contain a flavonoid called xanthohumol, which can help to control body weight and blood sugar in a rat model of obesity. New findings from researchers at Oregon State University (Corvallis) led by Kathy Magnusson suggest that xanthohumol can also improve cognitive function in young mice.

Lab Anim. (NY) 43, 385 (2014).
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