#Beer may lead to future medicines, researchers say

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Beer may lead to future medicines, researchers say

Beer may lead to future medicines, researchers say

If you're looking for an excuse to drink beer, scientists may have found one more reason for you to keep chugging that ale.

It has long been accepted that drinking beer in moderation has its share of benefits. In North America and Europe, beer has been a staple beverage accompanying their dinners or lunches.

a recent study shows that hop, one of the basic ingredients of beer, has components that inhibit the growth of disease-causing bacteria—giving it anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties.

Hops are the little cone-shaped buds that gives beer its distinct bitter flavor.

The researchers presented their work at the 251st National Meeting and Expostion of the American Chemical Society.

The project leader, Dr. Kristopher Waynant of University of Idaho said his team is interested in two components of hops: humulones and lupulones.

Humulones are alpha acids that have anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Lupolones, on the other hand are beta acids which does not have well understood biological effects.

"When researchers extract healthful chemicals from hops, they first have to determine whether they have separated out the specific compounds they're interested in," said Waynant.

Waynant's team is trying to find a way on how to make these compounds into effective pharmaceuticals. The only problem is how they would extract the proper acids in these cone-shaped buds.

The scientists assure though that they are very close into optimizing a method of producing the anticancer and antiinflammatory compound in the lab.

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