Beer lovers, rejoice! Ingredient in the sweet nectar of the gods could help protect brain cells against the types of defects that are associated with certain neurodegenerative disorders such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

Of course, this does not mean that you should immediately run off to the pub and chant.

This ingredient is valuable as a potential candidate in preventing or slowing the progression of certain neurodegenerative conditions.518402245

The compound in question, xanthohumol, is an active ingredient that is found in hops and beer.

He is member of the family of flavonoids, metabolites that can be found in various plants that they often give color.

The interest in these compounds has increased significantly in recent years – has them in berries, chocolate and red wine – because of the range of potential health benefits when consumed in large enough quantities.

For example, studies have shown to have cardioprotective effects, and that can positively impact on cancer and inflammation.

One of the reasons why they are given so much attention, is that they are powerful antioxidants.

The molecules have important roles in the cell, their excess can be extremely harmful – or their results in overproduction or dysfunction of our built antioxidant system.

Both conditions can lead to oxidative damage to various important molecules in the cell, known as oxidative stress.

Also, such molecules are especially active in the brain, and it is believed that the oxidative damage of nerve cells, which may cause those involved in the development of certain neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

It is known that xanthohumol possesses strong antioxidant properties, but researchers were asked if could play and neuroprotective role in the brain.

For the study researchers exposed rat neurons in a dish with xanthohumol and then damage through oxidative stress.1412074057439_wps_40_Man_carrying_cold_pints_o

Not only are the damaging reactive molecules refine, but this procedure has resulted in the emergence and protection of certain genes, called cytoprotective genes that protect cells from oxidative stress and stress-related illnesses such as cancer, neurodegeneration and various inflammations.

Scientists believe that these results indicate that xanthohumol can be introduced as a potential candidate for combating various neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.

However, it is important to note that this still does not mean that consuming large amounts of beer for a healthy brain.