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Beer and Cancer: New Study Expounds on the Benefits of Beer

When it comes to cancer causing foods, you would expect that alcohol would be among the top ten causes. However, a number of studies on beer and cancer seem to suggest otherwise. In fact, these studies suggest that you may be better off taking a glass of beer a day instead of opening a bottle of wine.

While there have been a number of studies based on studying the negative consequences of beer on our bodies, the study by Researchers at the German Research Centre indicates that the relation between beer and certain cancers such as prostrate and breast cancer lies within the xanthohumol molecule, which is found in beer.

These studies on beer and cancer indicate that xanthohumol proactively blocks the excessive action of male and female hormones, specifically testosterone and estrogen. Moreover, xanthohumol effects on the prevention of prostate cancer have indicated that it stops the release of the PSA protein which has a notable effect in encouraging the spread of prostate cancer.

Research on beer and cancer has been carried out for quite some time and there has been a lot of evidence that suggests that some of the substances in hops have a substantial effect in blocking estrogen secretion. However, this new research now shows that there might be some substances in hops also responsible for the inhibition of testosterone.

Granted the research is still in its early stages but scientists are quite hopeful that further studies will only confirm what is now theorized. If the research on beer and cancer is indeed successful, researchers suggest that xanthohumol may one day be seen as a cancer fighting drug.

The question now becomes which beer has the highest concentration of xanthohumol molecule. As hops serves to give beer its bitter flavor, it is suggested that traditional beers and ales have the highest concentration of the molecule as compared to light lagers. As such, one would be better off taking traditional beers and ales instead of the light lagers.

There have also been questions raised as to the recommended limit that one can drink so as to gain from beers instead of receiving the adverse effects such as visual impairment. The amount of beer that is recommended for consumption on a daily basis varies according to one’s gender. Due to the differences in human physiology, women are more prone to intoxication on alcoholic beverages than men. As such, it is recommended that the daily limit for women be restricted to two drinks. For men, the limit is slightly higher and ranges between three to four drinks per day.