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Beer is good for you: Study finds hops has anti-virus powers

Published on Dec 6, 2012 5:22 PM
 
Brad Keselowski celebrates as he drinks a glass of beer in the victory lane after winning the Sprint Cup during the 2012 Ford EcoBoost 400 Sprint Cup NASCAR race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Consuming large quantities of a key ingredient in beer - hops - can protect against winter sniffles and even some serious illnesses in small children, a Japanese brewery said citing a scientific study. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - Consuming large quantities of a key ingredient in beer can protect against winter sniffles and even some serious illnesses in small children, a Japanese brewery said citing a scientific study.

A chemical compound in hops, the plant brewers use to give beer its bitter taste, provides an effective guard against a virus that can cause severe forms of pneumonia and bronchitis in youngsters, Sapporo Breweries said Wednesday.

In research with scientists at Sapporo Medical University, the compound - humulone - was found to be effective in curbing the respiratory syncytial (RS) virus, said the company, which funded the study.

"The RS virus can cause serious pneumonia and breathing difficulties for infants and toddlers, but no vaccination is available at the moment to contain it," said Jun Fuchimoto, a researcher from the company.

 
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