Anti-cancer compound in beer gaining interest

“A compound found only in hops and the main product they are used in – beer – has rapidly gained interest as a micronutrient that might help prevent many types of cancer.

“Researchers at Oregon State University first discovered the cancer-related properties of this flavonoid compound called xanthohumol about 10 years ago… (M)any other scientists in programs around the world are also beginning to look at the value of these hops flavonoids for everything from preventing prostate or colon cancer to hormone replacement therapy for women.

“‘Xanthohumol is one of the more significant compounds for cancer chemoprevention that we have studied,’ said Fred Stevens… ‘We can’t say that drinking beer will help prevent cancer,” Stevens said. ‘Most beer has low levels of this compound, and its absorption in the body is also limited… It clearly has some interesting cancer chemopreventive properties, and the only way people are getting any of it right now is through beer consumption.'”

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