Cheers! Science Shows Drinking Beer Helps Improve Memory

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Adderall, Red Bull, a tin, and beer: these are your studying essentials. Beer has been a performance enhancement for collegians for years. While science hasn’t found a proven cure for Ebola yet, it has done something even more significant–it just helped us justify our decision to partake in a study beer.

Researchers at Oregon State University discovered that Xanthohumol, a flavonoid found in hops, helps improve cognitive memory.

From CBS:

“Xanthohumol can speed the metabolism, reduce fatty acids in the liver and, at least with young mice, appeared to improve their cognitive flexibility, or higher level thinking,” reported Daniel Zamzow, with the University of Wisconsin. “Unfortunately it did not reduce palmitoylation in older mice, or improve their learning or cognitive performance, at least in the amounts of the compound we gave them.”

Sorry, sixth-year seniors–it seems this one is for the younger kids. But let’s be honest, you guys didn’t stick around for the classes.

The lead researcher points out that the doses given to the mice were so high that a human would have to consume 2,000 liters (67,628.05 ounces) of beer a day to reach the same levels.

I am confident someone out there is capable of it. Do the research, if not for yourself, then for science.

[via CBS]


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