Bones built from beer brewing waste

11th June, 2014 by Lauren Eads

Spanish scientists have developed a new biomaterial from waste discarded after beer brewing which can be used to regenerate human bones.

A pint of beer

Research was carried out in collaboration by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, the Institute of Materials Science and the Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry of Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, together with Spanish brewer Mahou.

Scientists discovered that “bagasse”, a residue left over from beer brewing, could be used to create a new biomaterial capable of promoting bone regeneration, and which could be used to treat bone diseases, assist in bone grafts and coat a prosthesis.

The material, made up of the main components of bone, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and silica, could serve as an alternative to prosthesis bones, which are typically made from processed sheep bones or synthetic materials which are more expensive and harmful to the environment.

In a statement, researchers said: “The waste obtained from the beer brewing process contains the main chemical components found in bones (phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and silica), that after undergoing modification processes, this waste can be used as support or scaffold to promote bone regeneration for medical applications such as coating prosthesis or bone grafts.

“The waste usage from the food industry is a great source of raw material recovery rich in chemical diversity, and simultaneously it can reduce the impact generated by the accumulation of waste in the environment.”

Bagasse is an organic waste produced from malt which is discarded by brewers, making it very cheap and readily available.

“The treatments applied to bagasse residue in this research give as a result a new material rich in silicon, phosphorus, calcium and magnesium”, researchers said. “The analysis of this new material shows the presence of interconnected pores of between 50 and 500 microns in diameter which is similar to the porosity of cancellous bone. All this would facilitate the complete vascularization after the bone implant.”

Earlier this year Japanese scientists suggested that hop leaves, discarded during the brewing process, could be used to fight dental diseases.

 

Research on bone regeneration has been published in the academic journal RSC Advances.

 

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Job vacancies

Wine Buyer

Adnams
Southwold, UK

Sales Manager - Scotland

Eurowines Ltd
Scotland

Sales Manager - North-West England

Eurowines Ltd
North-West England, UK

Sales Manager - London

Eurowines Ltd
London, UK

Key Account Manager - Grocery

Australian Vintage Limited
London (Croydon), UK

Key Accounts Manager - Impulse

Australian Vintage Limited
London (Croydon), UK

Business Development Manager

Regency Wines Ltd
North Devon & Somerset, UK

Sales Manager - North East England

Eurowines Ltd
Within 15-20 mile radius of York, UK

National Account Manager

Ehrmanns Wines
London, UK

London Account Manager

The Drinks Club
London, UK

London Sales Executive

Gourvid Limited
London and Greater London, GB

Logistics Administrator

Speciality Drinks Ltd
Park Royal, London, UK

Head of Sales - Hush Heath Estate

Hush Heath Estate
Kent/ London, UK

London Sales Executive

VDS UK Ltd
London, UK

Master of Malt Commercial Manager

Master of Malt
London, UK

The Global Merlot Masters 2017

Deadline : 2nd May 2017

db Awards 2017

Deadline : 28th April 2017

The Global Organic Masters 2017

Deadline : 2nd May 2017

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

Deadline : 12th May 2017

Click to view more

Global Chardonnay Masters 2016

Now in its fourth year, the competition will identify the best Chardonnay from all around the world in every price range.

Rioja Masters 2016

Now in its fifth year, the competition will recognise and reward the finest Riojas on the world stage.

Fortified Masters 2016

Now in its third year, The Fortified Masters will reward the best fortified wines on offer.

The Global Malbec Masters 2016

the drinks business is proud to announce the inaugural Global Malbec Masters 2016.

Click to view more