If you’re a health & fitness nerd like myself, you already know that metabolic syndrome (abdominal obesity, elevated blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, high serum triglycerides and/or low HDL cholesterol) is fast becoming the #1 health concern around the globe.
If you’re a beer lover, you already know that one of the main ingredients in beer is hops.
What you may not know is that, a recent study at Oregon State University has identified specific intake levels of xanthohumol, a natural flavonoid found in hops, significantly improved some of the underlying markers of metabolic syndrome in laboratory animals and also reduced weight gain.
Unfortunately for the beer drinkers out there, while xanthohumol is found in beer, it would take 3,500 pints per day for a 70 kg / human to get enough xanthohumol as was used in the study.
And I’m pretty sure that the calories found in 3,500 pints of beer would counteract all of the health benefits of the xanthohumol.
What is Xanthohumol and how does it work?
- Xanthohumol is a natural flavonoid found in hops and beer.
- As it pertains to metabolic syndrome, xanthohumol has been shown to decrease levels of LDL (the “bad” cholesterol), lower insulin levels and reduce levels of IL-6, a biomarker of systemic inflammation.
- And if that wasn’t enough, there is research hinting that xanthohumol may be a potent anti-cancer agent.
How cool is that…a substance, found naturally in beer, may turn out to be a potent (and inexpensive) way to prevent obesity, prevent type 2 diabetes, prevent hypertension, prevent cholesterol jammed arteries…and prevent obesity.
What does this research mean to me…right NOW????
Not a whole heck of a lot.
- On one hand, you can go online and buy xanthohumol supplements.
- On the other hand, all of the research conducted on xanthohumol has been done on animals – no human studies. As a result, we have no idea of effective dosage and SAFETY.
My advice? Stay tuned for more research.
- Oregon State University
- Cancer chemopreventive activity of Xanthohumol, a natural product derived from hop
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