Thursday, December 10, 2009

Food Pyramid Update: Brew vs Cancer

It's been a while since we've discussed important medical breakthroughs provided by everyday consumables. One of our favorites may have just added another notch to its belt (or belch):

"MEN now have another excuse to go down the pub thanks to new research suggesting that a compound in beer may prevent prostate cancer."

Now that is good news. Turns out that xanthohumol, a compound present in that bubbly quaff, acts much the same as drugs that are commonly used to treat prostate cancer. Seems like an easy choice: chemo or Guiness?

I'll drink to that!

[NB: We actually reported on a similar study a few years ago. At that time, the problem was that "Agent X" was present "in such small amounts that a person would have to drink more than 17 beers to benefit." Perhaps the Scottish researchers were more successful than those in Oregon]
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