3,520 pints a day?
It may come as a surprise to anyone nursing a hangover, but beer might actually be good for your brain. Boffins at Oregon State University found that a chemical called xanthohumol, which is found in hops, improved "cognitive function" related to the memory of mice. Xanthohumol is a flavanoid, a class of compounds which are …
"On the other hand, isn't this scientific study suggesting that children should drink beer?"
I thought that, way back in the Middle Ages, children did drink beer. It was safer than drinking water because the brewing process involved boiling the water, which killed all the microbes.
I could be wrong. I might have read that after I'd had a couple of pints :-)
I wonder how he came up with the figure of 2000 litres a day -- I can't access the publication so I don't know how much xanthohumol they say is "normally" in beer and how much is needed to see the cognitive benefit. Xanthohumol content in beer varies a lot: http://www.hopsteiner.de/fileadmin/redeakteur/pdf/neuigkeiten-berichte/technische-veroeffentlichungen/BRAUWELTInternational_1_2002_hopsteiner.pdf says that xanthohumol content in hops varies from 0.1% to 1.1% depending on the hops variety, yield after wort boiling varies from 15% to 70%, and the amount detected after beer storage varies 15% to 30%.
In any case, since this study was done in Oregon where they love their hops, I'd be surprised if 1000 litres per day wouldn't be enough...
"I can't access the publication so I don't know how much xanthohumol they say is "normally" in beer and how much is needed to see the cognitive benefit."
All I can say is:
1) Xanthohumol is a funny name, and
2) It must be in there, but I can never taste it until pint # 3,500.
Give me a few minutes and we can resolve this dispute in a fair, clearheaded manner.
"Sadly, to get the same effect a human would have to down 2,000 litres of the stuff a day (3,520 pints) to ingest the amount of xanthohumol used in the study for the same period, which isn't going to do anyone's cognitive functions a favour."
All I can say is ... where there's a will there's a way
Actually, I read several different stories about G D, and he drinks everything, vodka, whisky, pastis and even mentions beer:
"He added: 'Then food, accompanied by two bottles of wine.
'In the afternoon, champagne, beer and more pastis at around 5pm, to finish off the bottle.
'Later on, vodka and/or whisky. But I’m never totally drunk, just a little p*****d.
'All you need is a 10-minute nap and voila, a slurp of rose wine and I feel as fresh as a daisy."
>Gérard Depardieu however could be more capable of it, but he only seems to want to drink wine.
I am sure that he is probably quite happy to down a pint or two of some of those tasty Belgian beers. I am heading of to Brussels next week and looking forward to our pre-meeting rdv, in the pub where else.
Oh come on. This is hardly a revelation. I mean, everyone knows that beer kills brain cells right? It works much like a lion hunting deer. The lion will always go for the weakest, most vulnerable deer which, as a result, makes the deer herd stronger. Culling the weak ones etc etc.
Beer works the same way by killing the weaker brain cells thereby making you smarter!
That's certainly how I feel after a few pints anyway.
I think we all know why...
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