Apparently, researchers at Oregon State University gave xanthohumol, a flavonoid prevalent in beer, to a group of male mice placed on high-fat diets. Each mouse was given 30 to 60 milligrams of xanthohumol per kilogram of body weight every day for about three months.
As a result, the mice provided with the most xanthohumol reportedly cut their bad low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol by 80 percent.
In addition, their insulin levels decreased by a reported 42 percent, and the mice gained 22 percent less weight than a controlled group of mice fed the same diet but not given any xanthohumol.
Based on these findings, researchers are reportedly looking to develop an untainted, non-beer supply of xanthohumol for human consumers.
Cristobal Miranda, lead author of the study, reportedly told Broadly,
Drug companies have contacted us and want more literature [about xanthohumol].
Apparently, the benefits of xanthohumol have been studied for quite a while. Reports suggest this beer flavonoid can also help fight cancer, lower high blood pressure and decrease extra body fat in the midsection.
I always knew beer was good for you. Well, not really, but I'm so thankful there's more than a possibility it is.