Researchers in Germany say that a cancer-fighting substance found in hops could be enhanced to brew a special anti-cancer beer.
Preliminary studies indicate Xanthohumol, found in hops, inhibits a family of enzymes that can trigger the cancer process, as well as help the body detoxify carcinogens, according to the science newswire Ivanhoe.
"It's very healthy. I think the ingredients in the beer are very good," says Dr Werner Back, a brewing technology expert at the Technical University of Munich.
Preliminary studies at Oregon State University show that Xanthohumol can kill breast, colon, ovarian, and prostate cancers.
But don't toast your health too soon. The German researchers warn that it would take 60 regular beers to equal the amount of Xanthohumol researchers are able to brew in this one beer.
That's why scientists are now working on ways to give all beers higher levels of Xanthohumol.
Thanks to Kevin of We Are Penn State.