Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here’s to Healthy Hops!

Another great guest blog by Melissa Mathes, RDN, MPH, CSSD

Xanthohumol (XN) an anti-oxidant compound found in hops an ingredient in many beers, (spotlighting Guinness this month in honor of St. Patrick’s day), has shown to be a protectant against Alzheimer and Parkinson’s diseases according to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Other researchers at the University of Oregon found that XN can boost cognitive function. XN has also shown in studies to have heart protective properties, anti-clotting, and because it is an anti-oxidant helps reduce risk of cancer.

  • Another study from the Journal of Agriculture and Food and Chemistry in 2014 found another anti-oxidant polyphenols in hops called Bracts that may help fight cavities and gum disease.
  • Researchers published a study in Arthritis and Rheumatology, discussing the benefits of beer for staving rheumatoid arthritis. Beer is also a significant source of silicon, which is significant for boosting bone mineral density.

It is recommended to drink in moderation (1-12 oz./day for women & 2-12oz./day for men) IF you drink. Beware, the calories can add up quickly when drinking beer or any alcohol, be mindful of how much you consume. If you don’t drink beer, this article isn’t to encourage you to start, just to note there are some health benefits. You can get multiple health benefits from anti-oxidants by consuming fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds amongst other foods.

Guinness Beer, high in XN and Bracts. Nutrition facts: serving size: 1 pint, calories 210, carbohydrates 18.2 grams, protein 2grams.

 

Thanks, Melissa! It’s always great to get the Registered Dietician’s side of the different things we consume… Another reason we love Melissa with Total Nutrition Counseling – she knows we’re human and she works with us! Shows us the positives and the possible negatives to what we’re choosing to put into our bodies & then WE make an informed decision.

I think I’ll have a Guinness on Friday. Cheers!

 

And because this month in the challenge, we’re focusing on strength…

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