Is Beer Good For The Brain?

We were intrigued with the story this week that beer could help protect our brains against Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Apparently scientists in China have found that a compound in hops could help fight off degenerative brain diseases.

The article appeared in Monday’s Telegraph, along with an amusing retort from the reporter:

“As self-delusional arguments go, it sounds like it is up there with claims that a bowl of ice-cream supplies a quarter of your daily calcium needs.”

Well it appears I must be self-delusional – ice cream for calcium, add fruit and it also counts as one of my five-a-day!

I digress, back to the research: Hops have been used to treat a variety of ailments for centuries in Chinese medicine and the study showed that

“the presence of a high concentration of xanthohumol (Xn) in beers might be linked to the epidemiological observation of the beneficial effect of regular beer drinking.”

However, before we get too excited, a study carried out by scientists at Oregon State University in 2014, also found that very high levels of Xn improved the cognitive function of young mice, but they were also quick to point out that a human would need to drink

“2,000 litres of beer a day to reach the Xn levels we used in the research”.

So we thought for our Friday Fun this week we would find out just how many brewers there are currently in the UK, who could supply these copious amounts of ‘medicinal’ beer beverages. This is what we discovered:

1. Brewer, Brewing, Brewery terms mentioned UK wide.

Brewer Brewing Brewery (2)

2. Brewer, Brewing, Brewery terms within 30 miles of the town ‘Beer’ in Devon.

Beer Search DevonBeer heat Map Devon

You can read the full Telegraph article here
Image courtesy of the Southwark Brewing Company

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