Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday comes the latest in hard science: if you drink beer regularly you will be less likely to contract Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
The Daily Mail reports:
Regularly drinking beer could help slow dementia, research suggests.
Scientists have discovered an ingredient in hops which they think could slow the progression of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
In laboratory experiments they found that the chemical, called xanthohumol or Xn, could help protect brain cells from oxidative damage associated with dementia.
The research, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, suggested that people who regularly drink beer might be better able to ward off the progression of neurological diseases.
As with all good things, beer should only be consumed in moderation. Too many brews will harm you:
British scientists, however, warned against drinking beer too often.
Previous research has suggested that excessive alcohol consumption can lead to brain tissue loss and that binge drinking is associated with an increased risk of dementia.
And separate studies have concluded that developing a beer belly in middle age boosts the risk of Alzheimer's in later life three-fold.