In news, that any lover of God’s greatest gift to mankind could have told you, drinking beer can make you smarter.
Flavonoids are a class of compounds present in plants, known to have numerous health benefits. Studies have shown that xanthohumol, a flavonoid found in hops, improved memory and thinking in a lucky group of lab mice.
The researchers treated the mice with dietary supplements of xanthohumol over the course of eight weeks. Their goal was to determine if xanthohumol could affect palmitoylation, a naturally occurring process that’s associated with memory degradation. The mice then went through a series of tests, to study if the treatments had improved their spatial memory and cognitive flexibility.
There was some other scientific mumbo-jumbo, but for the most part it worked. Now according to the study, it would require drinking 2,000 liters of beer a day (or 5,636 bottles of beer) to ingest the amount of xanthohumol used in the study.
That sounds like a challenge.
Combine that with a 2012 study conducted by the University of Illinois in Chicago, that found that that men who have kicked back a few cold ones were better at solving brain-teasers than their sober counterparts, just is more proof that everyone needs to kick back daily and enjoy a nice hoppy IPA.