Does drinking beer at a young age protect against Alzheimer’s later in life? A new study has concluded that hops prevent the clumping of harmful proteins in the brain.
How does Alzheimer’s disease develop?
Beta amyloid proteins are believed to be the main triggers of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia diseases. The proteins form plaques that interrupt communication between neurons in the brain.
A big problem with the treatment of dementia is that it is often too late for the first symptoms. The damage is usually already done. For this reason, intensive research into preventive treatment is underway.
And how does the hop come in now?
A team of Italian scientists took a closer look at the effects of hops. There were earlier indications that the plant could prevent the formation of beta-amyloid proteins.
Four types of hops commonly used in beer production have now been shown to prevent proteins from clumping around nerve cells.
Which hops are particularly good?
The researchers noted the Tettnang hop, which originally came from the shores of Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen. It is used worldwide to brew many lagers and lighter beers.
In the case of worms, this Tettnang hop was able to – at least partially – prevent the paralysis caused by Alzheimer’s disease.
Now to the pub!
Well, it’s not that simple. The team from Italy emphasizes that this study is not intended to encourage beer drinking. After all, there are many other negative side effects.
However, these findings could lead to the creation of a new “nutraceutical”, a drug made from food. If successful, the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease would be one step closer.