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Beer offers new weapon against cancer

Contains acid called humulones and lupulones which scientists hope to turn it into drugs

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Mar 14 2016 1:38PM | Updated Date: Mar 14 2016 1:38PM

Beer offers new weapon against cancer

 Turns out, beer contains a key ingredient that could be used in the war against cancer and disease.

 
Hops, which give the tipple its distinctive bitter taste, pack a surprisingly healthful punch with their ability to halt bacterial growth and disease.
 
They contain acids called humulones and lupulones which scientists hope to be able to turn into drugs.
 
University of Idaho researchers are working to extract the compounds and also find a way of creating them in the lab.
 
Kristopher Waynant said that they were "very close" to achieving this after a lot of "trial and error."
 
He is planning to collaborate with biologists and medical researchers to develop active agents for pharmaceuticals to treat cancers or inflammatory diseases from the beer-inspired compounds.
 
The study is due to be presented at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society.