Drinking Beer Might Actually Help You Lose Weight, According To A Study

by Adam Silvers

According to the findings of a recent study, everyone's favorite liquid elixir, beer, may help you lose weight and lower your cholesterol.

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.

Citations: Beer Can Help You Lose Weight, New Study Says!!!! (Broadly), Xanthohumol improves dysfunctional glucose and lipid metabolism in diet-induced obese C57BL/6J mice (ScienceDirect)