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Powerful anti-oxidant is found in beer.

Researchers have discovered that been contains an anti-oxidant more potent that those found in red wine, soy or green tea. Unfortunately, they estimate that one would have to consume 117 gallons of beer each day to get the maximum health benefit.

The beneficial compound, called xanthohumol, is flavanoid that is found in hops.

Previous research had suggested that beer has anti-oxidant properties, but the researchers at Oregon State University are the first to isolate the beneficial compound.

"I tell people they can't cure their disease by drinking beer, but it just might help," said Donald Buhler, a professor of environmental and molecular toxicology at Oregon State University in Corvallis. "The bottom line is that you're going to get some anti-oxidants by drinking beer, but not at preventative levels."

Anti-oxidants are naturally-occurring compounds that help protect cells against the damaging effects of oxygen and nitrogen particles in the body. Some studies have suggested that large doses of anti-oxidants can help prevent health problems like heart disease, cancer and high cholesterol.

The researchers at Oregon State, working with federal money and funds from the Hop Research Council and Linus Pauling Institute studied the effectiveness of the compound at inhibiting the oxidation of low-density lipoproteins in test tubes, compared with other anti-oxidants.

The substance found in hops, Xanthohumol, proved six times more effective than anti-oxidants found in citrus fruits and almost four times more effective than anti-oxidants found in soy products.
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