Beer Has Anti-Viral Properties, Says Brewery-Sponsored Study
Next time you suffer from the Respiratory Syncytial (RS) virus, grab a beer! That is what a study conducted by the Sapporo Medical University (SMU) indicates. Never mind the fact that the study has been funded by Japanese beer company, Sapporo Breweries. You see the connection, right? The RS virus causes serious pneumonia and breathing difficulties in infants and toddlers, during the winter months.
Well, the SMU study has found that beer, one of the world’s most popular alcoholic beverage, contains a ‘key ingredient’ that is helpful in curbing winter sniffles, caused by the RS virus. The ingredient is humulone, a chemical compound primarily found in hops. Besides being effective against RS virus, humulone also had an anti-inflammatory effect, which was soothing in case of throat and nasal infections, says the study. Jun Fuchimoto, a researcher associated with the beer company, said that the study is pathbreaking because there is no vaccination available for the RS virus at the moment.
However, before you grab a bottle of beer, be informed that the study wants you to drink at least 30 beer cans of 12 oz. each if you are to find a benefit from humulone because this ingredient is found in very small quantities in hops. So, do you get the whole picture now?
The Sapporo study is nothing but an attempt by the Breweries to popularize its own product, however that is not all. The Breweries is also hoping to create new beverages, hopefully non-alcoholic, that would contain humulone in larger quantities so that it benefits both adults and children against winter sniffles, but without the accompanying hiccups!
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