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BEER FIGHTS CANCER

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  • Oakes, George
    From NewsMax today: Beer Fights Cancer Researchers are always looking for the magic bullet to kill cancer, and now they may have found it in a surprising place
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 20, 2008
      From NewsMax today:

      Beer Fights Cancer

      Researchers are always looking for the magic bullet to kill cancer,
      and now they may have found it in a surprising place — a glass of
      beer! (Who knew?) It turns out that hops, which is the flavor
      component of beer, contains a cancer-fighting compound called
      xanthohumol.

      Xanthohumol turns out to be toxic to several kinds of human cancer,
      including prostate, ovarian, breast, and colon. Further, it inhibits
      enzymes that can activate the development of cancer, and also helps
      detoxify carcinogens. It even seems to slow down tumor growth in the
      early stages. Scientists are trying to produce hops that contain even
      more xanthohumol, and the Germans are racing to develop a "health"
      beer.

      But wait – there's more! Other compounds in hops are potent
      phytoestrogens which may help with post-menopausal hot flashes and
      also prevent osteoporosis.

      Beers that provide the most benefits contain the most hops, and
      include strong brews such as ale, stout, and porter. In general, the
      darker the beer, the better. For those who can't stand beer, herbal
      supplements made from hops contain the highest concentrations of
      beneficial elements.
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