Scientists Say This Beer Might Actually Be Good For You

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By Cooking Panda

If you love hoppy beers, crack open your favorite double IPA — even better if you can find a triple IPA — kick back, and savor the words you are about to read.

Hoppy beer may very well be the best form of alcohol that you can drink.

We just heard a resounding “duh” from lovers of hoppy brews. But here’s the thing: The bitter beer is way less harmful for you than liquor and hop-free beers. Sorry, pilsner lovers. (Do you exist?)

A study published in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism employed what researchers called the “binge-drinking mouse model,” in which we can only imagine they threw the mice a wild house party for 12 hours straight. It turns out, the mice who consumed hoppy beer had way less fat on their livers than the ones who drank ethanol and beer without hops.

“Taken together, our data suggest that hops in beer markedly attenuated acute alcohol-induced [fatty liver],” the researchers concluded.

Beer has other nutritional benefits as well, including vitamins B2, B6, biotin, niacin, riboflavin and folate, which could help protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer, according to Dr. Erik Skovenborg of Aim Digest.

Some beers have a decent amount of antioxidants, and the beverage can also stimulate digestion and increase breast milk production.

Hops were originally used in beer to preserve them for longer storage but are now a key ingredient that brings beer all sorts of complex flavors: often citrusy, earthy or floral and nearly always bitter.

“Our data suggest that hops content in beer is at least in part responsible for the less damaging effects of beer on the liver,” the researchers wrote.

We’re still not sure if your favorite IPA is actually healthy for you, but it’s at least a good excuse for us to kick back and enjoy the occasional brew.

Sources: Alcohol and Alcoholism, Aim Digest / Photo Credit: E and A/Instagram

Tags: Beer, beer good for you, healthy alcohol, hoppy, IPA
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Is Hangover-Free Alcohol Real? This Scientist Says So

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Hangover-free alcohol is real, science says!

Imperial College Professor David Nutt created a spinoff of alcohol called “alcosynth,” which gives you all the buzz you are looking for but takes away the dry mouth, nausea and headache that usually follows overindulgence, and it will be easier on the liver, reports the Independent. By 2050, Nutt says alcosynth could completely replace the regular stuff.

“It will be there alongside the scotch and the gin, they’ll dispense the alcosynth into your cocktail and then you’ll have the pleasure without damaging your liver and your heart,” Nutt explained. “They go very nicely into mojitos. They even go into something as clear as a Tom Collins. One is pretty tasteless, the other has a bitter taste.”

Nutt and his team have patented roughly 90 different compounds for alcosynth so far. He said that, since, over the last 30 years, scientists have figured out exactly what goes on in the brain while drinking, it was only natural to progress from there by making booze healthy.

“We know where the good effects of alcohol are mediated in the brain, and can mimic them,” Nutt explained. “And by not touching the bad areas, we don’t have the bad effects… People want healthier drinks.”

Nutt said that the alcohol industry makes too much money for anyone to allow this project to move quickly, but he’s working on it. We can’t verify whether or not the booze will taste as good as a fine scotch, but it certainly seems healthier.

It might also make you feel a different kind of buzzed than conventional booze might.

“We think the effects round out at about four or five ‘drinks,’ then the effect would max out,” said the professor.

Over the long term, drinking a little too much can damage your liver, kill brain cells, raise blood pressure, cause intestinal and stomach ulcers, decrease sperm production and make you anemic, according to Survive, a website dedicated to preventing teens from driving while under the influence.

“We haven’t tested it to destruction yet, but it’s safer than drinking too much alcohol,” Nutt said. “With clever pharmacology, you can limit and put a ceiling on the effects, so you can’t ever get as ill or kill yourself, unlike with drinking a lot of vodka.”

See you later. We’re going to go find this stuff and test it out.

Sources: Independent, Survive / Photo credit: Prime & Provisions Steakhouse/Instagram

Tags: get rid of a hangover, hangover cure, hangover free alcohol, healthy alcohol, healthy booze
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Anti-Aging Vodka? This Company Says It’s A Real Thing

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We’ve all had that feeling after a long night out – you know you’ve had a little too much to drink and stayed out a little too late, and you’re pretty sure you’ll be looking haggard and feeling worse in the morning.

Well, a German vodka company says that they have found a solution to mitigate the wear and tear you experience when you drink. The Berlin-based ANTI-EVERYTHING drink companyrecently introduced its anti-aging vodka, a collagen-infused liquor that they are calling a “revolutionary new beauty drink for the nightlife set.”

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Looks fancy, doesn’t it?

The secret to everlasting youth, according to ANTI-EVERYTHING’s press release, is a mix of caviar collagen, which is supposed to be the easiest kind of collagen to absorb, and sea buckthorn, a supplement full of vitamin E, lutein, fatty acids and 15 times more vitamins than an orange. The company says that sea buckthorn “activates the body’s own mechanisms for producing collagen.” But perhaps the real trick to not partying too hard is in the ABV –  Munchies reports that the spirit has 16 percent alcohol, which is just a few percentage points more than what is typically found in wine. Vodka usually has around 40 percent alcohol. If this is the correct alcohol content, we can see how it would make you feel like you drank less than you actually did.

Four 100-milimeter bottles will cost you around $56, but we suppose that is a small price to pay for beauty.

“Countless nights out with my girlfriends went hand in hand with feeling guilty about overindulging,” said ANTI-EVERYTHING founder Anja Skodda, a biotechnologist. “I wanted to be freed of that feeling and set out to create a drink that combines science with lifestyle for a non-guilty pleasure.”

Skodda went on to remind everyone that despite the claimed health benefits, ANTI-EVERYTHING is still an alcoholic drink and should be consumed in moderation.

“But if you are out for a drink, why not choose one with additional benefits?” she said.

Sources: Munchies, The Spirits Business, Live Science / Photo Credit: Designatic/Pixabay, ANTI-EVERYTHING via Munchies

Tags: anti-aging, anti-aging alcohol, ANTI-EVERYTHING, healthy alcohol, vodka
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