Cheers! Could Drinking Beer Really Stave Off
a Winter Cold?
You'd be forgiven
for thinking a steaming hot toddy is the best remedy for a cold,
but according to new research it's lager you should be knocking
back to beat the dreaded lurgy.
A new Japanese
study suggests that a key ingredient found in beer may help to warn
off the winter sniffles.
at Sapporo Medical University found that humulone, a chemical compound
in hops, was effective against the respiratory syncytial (RS) virus
and was found to have an anti-inflammatory effect.
a researcher from the beer company, said: 'The RS virus can cause
serious pneumonia and breathing difficulties for infants and toddlers,
but no vaccination is available at the moment to contain it.'
common during cold winter months, the RS virus can also cause symptoms
similar to that of the common cold in adults.
now hopes to create humulone-containing food and (non-alcoholic)
beverages that both adults and children can consume.
It's not the
first time that the health benefits of beer have been touted.
Alexis Nasard, chief commercial officer of Heineken, announced that
beer was not only natural but 'healthy'.
In an interview
with CNBC, he added that beer has fewer calories than a lot of things,
including a glass of milk.Previous research has suggested that drinking
beer may help build better bones thanks to its high silicon content.
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