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4th and Long
06-12-2006, 07:25 AM
Beer Ingredient May Fight Prostate Cancer
Study Says Beer Ingredient May Help Prevent Prostate Cancer

CORVALLIS, Ore. Jun 12, 2006 (AP) A main ingredient in beer may help prevent prostate cancer and enlargement, according to a new study. But researchers say don't rush out to stock the refrigerator because the ingredient is present in such small amounts that a person would have to drink more than 17 beers to benefit.

Oregon State University researchers say the compound xanthohumol, found in hops, inhibits a specific protein in the cells along the surface of the prostate gland.

The protein acts like a signal switch that turns on a variety of animal and human cancers, including prostate cancer.

Cancer typically results from uncontrolled cell reproduction and growth. Xanthohumol belongs to a group of plant compounds called flavonoids, which can trigger the programmed cell death that controls growth, researchers say.

Xanthohumol was first discovered in hops in 1913, but its health effects were not known until about 10 years ago, when it was first studied by Fred Stevens, assistant professor of medicinal chemistry at OSU's College of Pharmacy.

Last fall, Stevens published an update on xanthohumol in the journal Phytochemistry that drew international attention.

Stevens says it possible for drug companies to develop pills containing concentrated doses of the flavonoid found in the hops used to brew beer.

He also says researchers could work to increase the xanthohumol content of hops.

There are already a number of food supplements on the market containing hops, and scientists in Germany have developed a beer that contains 10 times the amount of xanthohumol as traditional brews. The drink is being marketed as a healthy beer, but research is still under way to determine if it has any effect against cancer.

The latest Oregon State University research was published in a recent issue of Cancer Letters.

Bob Dole
06-12-2006, 07:30 AM
17 beers a day?

Bob Dole's prostate must be pristine.

StcChief
06-12-2006, 07:30 AM
Drink up.

OnTheWarpath58
06-12-2006, 07:36 AM
17 beers a day?

Bob Dole's prostate must be pristine.

Bob Dole's liver must be the size of a Buick......


:p

Dartgod
06-12-2006, 08:35 AM
17 beers = a hoppy prostate
Fixed the thread title...

Bootlegged
06-12-2006, 08:40 AM
It may make a happy prostate, but I'm sure Mr. Colon and Mr. Anus have a differing opinion. The next day bowl full of snakes does not a happy camper make.

Monkeylook4food
06-12-2006, 08:40 AM
No problem. I've had at least 17 beers.

Bob Dole
06-12-2006, 08:47 AM
Bob Dole's liver must be the size of a Buick......

:p

You can never have too much liver.

Didn't Bruce Dickinson say that?

BucEyedPea
06-12-2006, 08:53 AM
Beer Ingredient May Fight Prostate Cancer
Study Says Beer Ingredient May Help Prevent Prostate Cancer

CORVALLIS, Ore. Jun 12, 2006 (AP) A main ingredient in beer may help prevent prostate cancer and enlargement, according to a new study. But researchers say don't rush out to stock the refrigerator because the ingredient is present in such small amounts that a person would have to drink more than 17 beers to benefit.


Did you read the fine print? Or are you gonna hide the side effects from us?
Typical medical people.

Warning Side effects include grotesquely huge beer-belly syndrome which may be a percursor to diabetes and insulin resistance.

Rain Man
06-12-2006, 08:55 AM
Did you read the fine print? Or are you gonna hide the side effects from us?
Typical medical people.

Warning Side effects include grotesquely huge beer-belly syndrome which may be a percursor to diabetes and insulin resistance.

But also a potential high-level sumo career.

JimNasium
06-12-2006, 09:46 AM
I think the 17-beer calculation is based on the grossly under-hopped American Macro-brew. My grossly over-hopped, home-brewed pale ale would not require 17-beers a day.

58-4ever
06-12-2006, 09:49 AM
I think the 17-beer calculation is based on the grossly under-hopped American Macro-brew. My grossly over-hopped, home-brewed pale ale would not require 17-beers a day.

I'm coming over.

Gonzo
06-12-2006, 09:57 AM
Endelt will live FOREVER!

ChiTown
06-12-2006, 10:06 AM
Endelt will live FOREVER!

Actually, he's been dead for years. He's just fully krausened.......

4th and Long
06-12-2006, 10:42 AM
I think the 17-beer calculation is based on the grossly under-hopped American Macro-brew. My grossly over-hopped, home-brewed pale ale would not require 17-beers a day.
PARTY AT NASIUMS!!!

TinyEvel
06-12-2006, 04:23 PM
Actually, I've just had some medical checks done, due to a concern for my health rising from over-drinking.
My prostate checked out just fine.
But my pancreas is most-likely digesting itself. Bad news. Looking forward to many O'Douls this season.

Otter
06-13-2006, 07:53 AM
Bob Dole may lve forever.

LINK (http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2006-06-12-coffee-liver_x.htm)

CHICAGO (AP) Coffee may counteract alcohol's poisonous effects on the liver and help prevent cirrhosis, researchers say.

In a study of more than 125,000 people, one cup of coffee per day cut the risk of alcoholic cirrhosis by 20%. Four cups per day reduced the risk by 80%. The coffee effect held true for women and men of various ethnic backgrounds.

It is unclear whether it is the caffeine or some other ingredient in coffee that provides the protection, said study co-author Arthur Klatsky of the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland

Of course, there is a better way to avoid alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver, Klatsky said.

"The way to avoid getting ill is not to drink a lot of coffee, but to cut down on the drinking" of alcohol, he said.

The participants ranged from teetotalers, who made up 12% of the total, to heavy drinkers, who made up 8%. The researchers calculated the risk reductions rate for the whole group, not just the drinkers.

Not all heavy drinkers develop cirrhosis, an irreversible scarring of the liver that hurts the organ's ability to filter toxins from the blood. Klatsky said the new findings may help explain why some people's livers survive heavy alcohol use.

Hepatitis C and some inherited diseases can also cause cirrhosis. But the study found coffee did not protect the liver against those other causes of scarring.

The same study found coffee drinkers had healthier results on blood tests used to measure liver function, whether or not they were heavy alcohol users. Coffee's effect on reducing liver enzymes in the blood was more apparent among the heavy drinkers in the study.

Cirrhosis from all causes kills more than 27,000 Americans a year and sends nearly 400,000 to the hospital.

The findings, published in Monday's Archives of Internal Medicine, build on reports that coffee also may reduce the risk of liver cancer.

The data came from members of a Northern California health plan. Their coffee consumption was noted only at the beginning of the study, which the researchers admitted was a limitation. They were followed for an average of 14 years.

The researchers found no reduced risk of cirrhosis for tea drinkers. Tea has less caffeine than coffee and there were fewer heavy tea drinkers in the study, so if caffeine is the protective ingredient, an effect may not have shown up for tea in the study, Klatsky said.