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New study shows hops has protective properties on brains


A new study indicates that hops could have protective properties that could help prevent neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease that seems to strike innocent people out of nowhere. Any news of something that can help prevent it is good news, especially if the new preventative is something people want to consume anyway, like beer.

According to Foodbeast, a new study in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reports that a compound commonly found in hops has an antioxidant property that can help protect brain cells. Oxidation causes damage to brain cells, which can contribute to the development of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

According to the new study, antioxidant compounds in beer can help protect brain cells from oxidation. This study has so far only been conducted on rats, but the implications give one reason to be optimistic. Further studies will need to be conducted before any kind of protective effect on human brains can be confirmed, but in the meantime check out some of our best beer recipes for some easy ways to sneak some more hops into one’s diet.

Drinking Beer Can Help Protect Your Brain Against Alzheimer's and Parkinson's

Do indulge in that Bell’s Two Hearted or Founders Porter today at happy hour: Scientists in China have found that a compound in hops could protect brain cells from oxidative damage—and slow the development of degenerative brain diseases.

A team of researchers at Lanzhou University published the study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry it claims that people who regularly drink beer might be better able to ward off the progression of neurological diseases.

The research suggests that xanthohumol (Xn), a type of flavonoid found in hops, could help protect the brain against the onset of diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, roughly five million Americans suffer from the disease, so this is not only huge for beer drinkers, but for everyone.

Dr. Jiangou Fang of Lanzhou University tells The Daily Mail,

Previous studies have shown moderate (not binge!) drinking to be beneficial to a person’s memory. One study from last year found people who drank moderately had larger hippocampuses and better episodic memory.

So, according to science, you should keep drinking red wine to keep your heart healthy, coffee to prevent skin cancer, and beer to keep your brain from degenerating. Cheers.

Following This Diet May Help Prevent Dementia, According to a New Study

As if we needed yet another reason to turn to the Mediterranean diet.

There are plenty of ways our bodies (and minds) change as we age, and there are plenty of healthy ways to stay sharp. More and more research is coming out to help us understand how lifestyle factors, like diet, physical activity and sleep, influence our risk for diseases, like dementia, that are correlated with aging. Even walking as little as three times a week can lower your risk. Lucky for us, making healthy dietary choices is one great way to keep your brain healthy and mind sharp (For more on that, check out our guide to the MIND diet). A new study in Neurology found that one diet in particular that might help prevent dementia and Alzheimer&aposs disease as we age. 

For this study, researchers followed 343 people, average age 69.5 years old, at a high risk for developing Alzheimers and 169 people who had a normal risk for cognitive decline. They assessed several biomarkers for brain aging, such as amyloid and tau proteins in the spinal fluid, and also tested participants on language, memory and executive function skills. 

They then asked people about their eating habits and foods they ate to see how closely they followed the tenants of the Mediterranean diet, including how often they consumed foods like fish, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Those who did not follow the diet closely had higher biomarkers that are associated with Alzheimers and dementia. In fact, every point a participant lost from not closely following the Mediterranean diet was associated with one additional year of brain aging. 

It&aposs not surprising that a diet filled with antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains, legumes, healthy fats and omega-3-rich seafood would be beneficial to brain health. Luckily for us, the Mediterranean diet is not only one of the healthiest diets in the world, but it is also super versatile and delicious. Recipes like Roasted Salmon with Smoky Chickpeas & Greens and Lentil Salad with Feta, Tomatoes & Olives are good for our brain too? Sounds like a win-win. There are plenty of simple ways to follow the Mediterranean diet so you can reap all the brain-healthy benefits. Make vegetables the star of your meals and snacks, and swap in fruit for a healthy dessert. Choosing healthy fats like olive oil and nuts will help keep you full and feeling your best, too. Other foods like fish, whole grains and even wine are standbys of the Mediterranean diet. For more inspiration on how to follow it, check out our Mediterranean Diet Center. 

Beer ingredient could help fight Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s diseases

While the health-promoting qualities of wine have stolen the spotlight, it isn’t the only alcoholic beverage that can be good for you in some ways, according to a new study appearing in the latest edition of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

In fact, Jianguo Fang of the Lanzhou University School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and colleagues report that a compound contained in a popular beer ingredient could help protect brain cells from damage, and may actually slow the development of degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

They explain in a statement that there is mounting evidence to suggest that oxidative damage to neurons plays a role in the development of diseases that originate in the brain. If scientists can discover a method to protect these cells from such damage, they might be able to slow down or even prevent such diseases.

As it happens, there is one compound found in hops that may be able to do just that. That substance, xanthohumol, has attracted the attention of scientists because of its potential benefits, which include antioxidation, cardiovascular protection and anticancer properties. The study authors set out to determine what effect this substance would have on brain cells.

During their experiments, they synthesized xanthohumol with a total yield of five percent in seven steps, then analyzed its neuroprotective function against oxidative stress-induced damage to neuronal cells in the neuron-like rat pheochromocytoma cell line.

They found that the substance demonstrated “moderate free radical-scavenging capacity” in lab conditions, and that pretreating those neuron-like rat cells with xanthohumol at submicromolar concentrations “significantly upregulates a panel of phase II cytoprotective genes as well as the corresponding gene products,” including glutathione, thioredoxin and thioredoxin reductase.

In short, their experiments revealed that the compound found in hops could naturally protect neuronal cells, and could help slow or prevent conditions such as Alzheimer’s. They believe that xanthohumol could be a good candidate for fighting these neurodegenerative disorders.

Last September, scientists from Oregon State University and the Linus Pauling Institute found that the same compound could be used to boost the cognitive function of young mice, but not of older animals. The authors of that study reported that their work was an important advance in the understanding and treatment of age-related memory degradation in humans and other mammals.

Xanthohumol is a flavonoids, a type of compounds found in plants which often gives them their color. Research of flavonoids in blueberries, dark chocolate and wine has become increasingly popular recently due to their apparent nutritional benefits on health issues such as inflammation, cancer, cardiovascular disease and cognitive decay, the Oregon State researchers noted.

Don’t reach for that extra pint of beer just yet, however, as the amount of xanthohumol used in the Oregon State study was far beyond the amount that can be naturally obtained through diet or by drinking alcoholic beverages. Extremely high doses were used were used specifically to enhance the ability of the mice to adapt to changes in the environment, they explained.

Building a hop trellis - questions

Wow! What did you pay for those in todays market? Wood is crazy expensive right now.

If you don't plan on using concrete and are just going to back fill and tamp, then I think the rule of thumb is to bury 20-30% of the post. That said, that is usually for a fence post and not a 14' - 4x4. To be safe I would use concrete. Cedar naturally prevents rot, but you could always seal the ends you plan to bury before you set them.


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Oh yeah, the price of building material is bananas right now! I'm fortunate that I have a connection at a local sawmill and was able to purchase them at more of a wholesale cost. Still expensive but probably half or less of what they'd cost at a big box store.

I think I am going to use concrete - my hesitation is reading about how it may actually hold the moisture in and cause premature rot. Also, having dug out some huge concrete blobs last summer to replace old rotted fence posts I can honestly say I never want to do that again! What I'm reading is that if using concrete I should make sure the concrete extends slightly above the soil level and the slopes away from post to prevent soil contact and pooling water seems pretty sound to me.


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Couple suggestions . 1) You might angle the posts outward by 20 degrees or so . so while the bases of the posts are 12' apart, the tops are about 16' apart. This will help prevent sagging in the middle, as you can tension up the wire or rope on top without exerting (as much) inward force on the main posts. 2) Maybe add a couple 2x4s (like maybe 4 feet long?) as "T" tops on top of both the posts that will give you space (depth) to run two main ropes/wires across the top from the ends of the 2x4s, and drop double the amount of twine leaders down to the plants.

(I say this having constructed something pretty similar in my neighbor's yard

5 years ago out of discarded fence poles, set in a concrete base. Really wish we'd angled them outward there's no way to prevent the sag in the middle, so what should be up at 11-12 feet, is usually more like 9-10.)

Just my humble opinion but four plants seems like a lot for that tight of a space. I think you'd get better results with two or three.

Beer compound could help fend off Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases

The health-promoting perks of wine have attracted the spotlight recently, leaving beer in the shadows. But scientists are discovering new ways in which the latter could be a more healthful beverage than once thought. They’re now reporting in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that a compound from hops could protect brain cells from damage — and potentially slow the development of disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Jianguo Fang and colleagues note that mounting evidence suggests that oxidative damage to neuronal cells contributes to the development of diseases that originate in the brain. If scientists could find a way to guard these cells from this type of damage, they might be able to help prevent or slow down Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions. One compound found in hops, called xanthohumol, has gotten the attention of researchers for its potential benefits, including antioxidation, cardiovascular protection and anticancer properties. Fang’s team decided to test xanthohumol’s effects on brain cells.

In lab tests, the researchers found that the compound could protect neuronal cells and potentially help slow the development of brain disorders. The scientists conclude xanthohumol could be a good candidate for fighting such conditions.

The authors acknowledge funding from Lanzhou University and the Natural Science Foundation of Gansu Province.

The Art of Making Herbal Beer

When making herbal beer, ancient people didn’t have yeasts in packets they could buy at a store as we do. Instead, they collected wild yeasts by setting out a sweet offering for yeasts to come feast on. These wild yeasts were less controlled and tended to be more potent, much like all wild things. Our ancestors created a ceremony to prevent these wild yeasts from spoiling the brew. I can’t help but believe that anytime you put that much intention into something, you are so much more likely to have a desirable outcome. These wild yeasts were protected and preserved in families as if they were a member of the family. So beloved, these wild yeasts were shared with a newly married couple so they could create their own strain to be passed down through their family. You can learn more about how to collect wild yeasts here .

Today, craft breweries are everywhere, and making beer is appreciated as a true artisan craft again. Aside from the actual enjoyment of drinking beer, the pure bliss that comes from creating and brewing your own beer is magical. When I’m in the kitchen making it, I feel like I’m tapping into something ancient and sacred. As an herbalist, I find that brewing with beneficial plants brings closer a powerful connection to something big and ancient. Bringing the ancient art of beer making, a perfected science through years of trial and error, along with the creativity of mixing flavors and botanicals, is so much fun!

The joy of making beer doesn’t just stop at bottling. The exhilaration that comes from sharing your creation with family and friends is fun, and it fills the room with a vibe that is created by connecting through this ancient beverage. Drinking an herbal homebrew with your homies is powerful and sharing in this communal event is a sacred ceremony. Everyone is a bit lighter, happier, more open, joyful, and relaxed.

Anytime my husband or I have created this ancient fermented drink and have friends over to share it, it is a beautiful time. Many times, our friends may not all know each other when they first arrive, but between the food, the homebrew, and the overall vibe/ambiance, a community comes together — everyone leaves as friends. It is quite magical! It may start somewhat quiet, but an hour or so later, conversations are buzzing around the room, people are laughing together, a fire gets lit, and instruments come out. Dancing, laughter, singing, and continued conversation fill the air. It’s a beautiful evolution of the evening, and friendships are made or are deepened. A community is created!

Study Finds Beer Compound to Protect the Brain, Prevent Alzheimer's

Recent research has given us at least one good to drink some brew. The new study has identified a compound in hops known as xanthohumol (or Xn) which has been shown to improve cognitive function and help slow dementia. In other words, the scientists suggest that people who regularly drink beer might be better able to ward off the progression of neurological diseases.
The study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, states:

“Xanthohumol…a polyphenol chalcone from hops…has received increasing attention due to its multiple pharmacological activities. As an active component in beers, its presence has been suggested to be linked to the epidemiological observation of the beneficial effect of regular beer drinking…Our results demonstrate that Xn is a novel small-molecule activator of Nrf2 in neuronal cells and suggest that Xn might be a potential candidate for the prevention of neurodegenerative disorders.”

Kathy Magnusson, a professor in the OSU Department of Biomedical Sciences, principal investigator with the Linus Pauling Institute and corresponding author on this study, said:

“This flavonoid and others may have a function in the optimal ability to form memories. Part of what this study seems to be suggesting is that it’s important to begin early in life to gain the full benefits of healthy nutrition.”

Daniel Zamzow, a former OSU doctoral student and now a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin/Rock County also notes how other research focusing on xanthohumol has uncovered even more benefits. According to past research, xanthohumol can speed up metabolism and reduce fatty acids in the liver – in addition to improving cognitive flexibility. A study has even found evidence for the potential application of XN as a novel, readily available chemopreventive agent.
But in this recent study, the compound didn’t have the same effect on older mice tested.

“…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,” Zamzow said.

Of course even with research like this showcasing a benefit of indulging, excessive drinking should be avoided. Everything in moderation, right? What these findings provide for the average person is a little comfort for those who choose to drink, regardless of the potential negative health effects. Looks like wine doesn’t hold ALL the health-glory.


Similar to its rival tea, drinking coffee could reduce the likelihood of experiencing cognitive impairment. In a 2016 study, published in The Journals of Gerontology, researchers found women between 65 and 80 years old who drank more than 261 milligrams of caffeine each day, over 10 years, had a 36 percent reduced risk of dementia. Caffeine's protective effect may lie in its ability to bind to the brain's adenosine receptors. Their function becomes "aberrant with both normal aging and age-related pathology" according to the study.

Drinking beer could ward off dementia due to the presence of an antioxidant found in hops. A 2015 study in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found the flavonoid xanthohumol (Xn) may delay, or even prevent the onset of dementia and other cognitive decline. The antioxidant, which is found in beer’s hops, has been proven to possess anti-cancer, anti-oxidation, and heart-protective properties, as well as the ability to prevent inflammation.

Cheers! 6 Ways Drinking Beer Can Be Good For Your Health

It seems unlikely, but there are actually health benefits to drinking beer—it’s not just a vehicle for empty carbs. From aiding in bone density (a concern for many women) to reducing cholesterol, here are six reasons to crack open a cold one tonight.

1. It can reduce your risk of heart disease

According to research (more than 100 studies, so it has to be legit) from Harvard University, there is an association between moderate drinking and a 20 to 45 percent reduction in risk of heart attack or death from cardiovascular disease. Another study found that moderate beer consumption can increase HDL, or healthy cholesterol.

Keep in mind, though, that the American Heart Association recommends no more than one to two drinks a day for men and one drink per day for women.

2. It can lower your chance of Type 2 Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association analyzed 15 different studies about moderate alcohol consumption and Type 2 Diabetes, and found a 30 percent reduced risk when people drank 6 to 48 grams of alcohol per day. Keep in mind, though, that the average beer contains about 14 grams of alcohol, so make sure to drink mindfully.

3. Beer could help increase your bone density

The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture reports that a moderate intake of dark, hoppy beers could help fight osteoporosis. Studies have found that dark ales contain high amounts of silicon which contributes to bone and connective-tissue health.

4. It could help ward off dementia

5. It could prevent kidney stones

A study found that beer intake can actually reduce your risk of suffering kidney stones. Researchers found that consuming a bottle of beer a day could result in an estimated 40 percent reduction of kidney stones due to the levels of magnesium in beer.

6. Beer might help to prevent cancer

Remember that compound xanthohumol found in beer hops that could help prevent dementia? Researchers in Germany discovered that the same compound can block excessive testosterone and thus reduce the chance of prostate cancer in men. In fact, those researchers are continuing to study xanthohumol for potential use as a cancer-fighting drug.

9 Surprising Uses for Beer (Beyond Just Drinking)

One of the oldest beverages produced by humans, beer is still a universal favorite. Even George Washington, an accomplished brewmaster himself, thought it essential that each man in his troops receive a quart of beer a day. Whether it is made from wheat, barley, or even corn, beer is a synonymous with relaxation and pleasure. But beer goes beyond the glass thanks to these inventive uses for health, beauty, and your home.

Is your hair dull and lifeless? Try washing it in beer! The malt from the beer is rich in proteins that nourish your locks and smooth out unruly strands. Your brew's alcohol acts as a cleansing agent, the vitamin B adds shine, and the yeast improves your hair's overall health.

"Hair is at its shiniest when the cuticle, or outer layer of the hair, is closed and beer is perfect for the job," explains Amanda Sipenock, LUSH Brand and Product Trainer. It's best to use flat, warm beer when washing. Make sure to rinse throughly.

If you prefer not to let your good beer go down the drain, buy a shampoo or hair treatment that incorporates beer. LUSH Cosmetics Cynthia Sylvia Stout Shampoo contains organic stout from Canadian brewery Crannóg Ales, and Dogfish Head's DFH Beer Shampoo Bar is made from the brewery's finest ales.

We don't recommend cleaning your most precious gems with your favorite brew, but beer can help clean jewelry, particularly gold. Soak your jewelry in a small amount of light or amber-colored beer, then buff with a small cloth.

Tossing and turning all night long? Forget the warm milk. The hops in beer are known to usher in drowsiness. (If you don't want to drink a beer before bed, though, you can try some tea spiked with hops for the same effect.)

Yes, you saved some money by buying the inexpensive cut of beef, but now you're worried it will be impossible to chew. You have to tenderize the meat, and beer can help. Beer's acidity will break down muscle strands when the meat is marinated for a long period (usually overnight).

It may not top a doctor's list of ways to prevent kidney stones, but research shows that drinking beer (in moderation!) can help. That's because beer &mdash particularly those with a high concentration of hops &mdash can help prevent calcium deposits, a key component of kidney stones, from forming in the liver. Beer is also a natural diuretic, so it helps flush out the kidneys and bladder.

Stouts, porters, and other dark beers contain high amounts of iron &mdash typically the same amount as a serving of spinach. Beer is also a rich source of silicon and boron (two minerals that help maintain healthy bones), magnesium, and potassium. We aren't recommending that you swap beer for all of your other sources of these important minerals, but it sure is nice to know the brew is doing more than just relaxing you, isn't it?

As beer slowly simmers, the intensity of its flavor increases, creating a rich base that marries well with hearty meats. Beer provides an earthy flavor and, depending on the type, can either dominate or compliment a dish.

Frustrated because your copper pots look worn? Beer's carbonation and acidity can help clean those stubborn stains. Just let the pots sit in some light beer for an hour or two, then wipe clean. This method works great on copper table tops and utensils as well.

Beer-Steamed Clams (pictured) are perfection in a bowl. Beer adds a kick of rich flavor that shellfish eagerly absorb. Boil beer with any combination of ingredients (onions, tons of garlic, peppers, chorizo), toss in your choice of shellfish, and cook until done. Make sure you grab some hearty bread to sop up all of the delicious sauce!