Got a cold? Have a beer

7th January, 2013 by Euan McKirdy

Sapporo Breweries-backed study shows that beer contains chemicals that could counter colds

A cure for what ails you?

As the majority of us continue to trudge through the cold, virus-heavy winter months, sniffling and sneezing, a warm ray of hope shines out from Japan.

Sapporo Breweries, one of the country’s oldest beer makers, funded a study that has discovered that hops – one of beer’s primary ingredients – contain a chemical that could counter the virus that causes cold-like symptoms.

The study was conducted by researchers at Sapporo Medical University – the brewery also has its origins in the capital city of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost isle – and concluded that the compound, known as humulone, was effective in curbing the respiratory….

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One Response to “Got a cold? Have a beer”

  1. Stan Schubridge says:

    Thank you! I didn’t need another reason to drink a beer. But, you gave me a great one. I feel a cold coming on now!

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