Mmm…beer. Is there anything it CAN’T do?
Guys, you now have another excuse to down a few beers. A new study shows that an ingredient found in your frothy best friend may prevent prostate cancer.
Tests show that the ingredient xanthohumol blocks a biological pathway that allows testosterone to fuel prostate cancer.
As it turns out, the disease is often treated with drugs that act in a similar way.
Xanthohumol is a powerful antioxidant derived from hops. It belongs to a family of chemicals called “flavonoids” found in many fruits, vegetables and spices that are known to have anti-cancer properties.
Study leader Dr. Clarissa Gerhausa, from the German Cancer Research Center 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.”
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