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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:22 pm

Posted on Mon, Jun. 12, 2006

Beer ingredient may fight prostate cancer

Associated Press

CORVALLIS, Ore. - 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.
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Postby knapplc » Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:33 pm

I've recently begun fighting cancer more often, then. As the weather heats up and I grill more, I find that I have to have a beer on the patio. It just seems to go together. ;-D

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Postby The_Dude » Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:48 pm

To answer your question... no!
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Postby Verdun Barbarians » Mon Jun 12, 2006 1:04 pm

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Postby Charlie24 » Mon Jun 12, 2006 1:44 pm

I'm in college... thats my reason
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Postby moonhead » Mon Jun 12, 2006 1:51 pm

i'm an alcoholic. that's my reason.


by definition only. there is no dependency
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Postby no1cowboysfan » Mon Jun 12, 2006 4:48 pm

The_Dude wrote:To answer your question... no!


This was my first thought.

Also, Charlie and Moony's reasons are also applicable. :-D
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Postby portisfan24 » Mon Jun 12, 2006 8:48 pm

I heard sex prevents heart disease. In case you didn't have a reaosn before...
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Postby SeaWolf » Tue Jun 13, 2006 12:46 am

portisfan24 wrote:I heard sex prevents heart disease. In case you didn't have a reaosn before...


I don't drink beer. :-P

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I'm married

Means I'm screwed. Heart Disease and enlarged Prostate. :-t
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Postby terpfan » Tue Jun 13, 2006 12:50 am

SeaWolf wrote:
portisfan24 wrote:I heard sex prevents heart disease. In case you didn't have a reaosn before...


I don't drink beer. :-P

plus

I'm married

Means I'm screwed. Heart Disease and enlarged Prostate. :-t

Its a doulbe whammy! :-D
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