Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Chemical In Beer May Prevent Prostate Cancer

9:01am UK, Wednesday December 09, 2009
Lewis Dean, Sky News Online

Beer-drinking men may be reducing their chances of developing prostate cancer with every pint, tests by scientists have revealed.

Two pints of beer
Beer contains a compound that may fight cancer.

Experiments have shown that xanthohumol, a compund derived from the hops in beer, blocks a chemical reaction that can lead to the development of cancer.

The disease is usually treated with drugs that act in a similar way.

Study leader Dr Clarissa Gerhausa, from the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg, said: "We hope that one day we can demonstrate that xanthohumol prevents prostate cancer development, first in animal models and then in humans, but we are just at the beginning."

Xanthohumol is a powerful antioxidant, known to have anti-cancer properties. It is also found in fruits and spices.

It was previously suggested that the compound could reduce the chances of females getting breast cancer.

Scientists now believe a similar reaction could affect men.

Further research involving rats showed that xanthohumol reduced the effects of hormone signalling in prostate tissue.

1 comment:

Barb & Ron said...

Cheers! I'll drink to that.