Could beer be good for your brain? A new study suggests the answer is “yes.”
According to CNN’s Jen Christensen, researchers with Oregon State University found xanthohumol, a type of flavonoid found in beer, appears to help improve cognitive function in young mice.
Translation: There’s an element in beer that could improve your memory function.
The study was recently published in the journal Behavioral Brain Research.
But before beer lovers head out with another reason to celebrate, the researchers noted two important details:
- Xanthohumol only affected young mice and did not have the same impact on older mice; and
- The dose given to mice was so high, a normal person would need to drink 2,000 liters of beer daily to equal what the mice consumed.
There’s hope for wine drinkers, too! The scientists believe xanthohumol, like other flavonoids found in wine (such as blueberries and dark chocolate), could play a role in helping form memories. More research is likely.