In this health video learn how the beer could be used to fight Cancer.
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Jennifer Matthews: Bottoms up! These guys have more to toss than October feast. A new brew was in the making that maybe healthy for you. Markus Herrmann: Xanthohumol has been shown to be a very active substance against cancer. Jennifer Matthews: Xanthohumol is found in hops, the main ingredient in beer. And even though hops aren't new, scientists have found something new inside hops: xanthohumol, or xan, that is a powerful antioxidant. Markus Herrmann: It comes in small sticky beads, which you find within the hops. Jennifer Matthews: Xanthohumol inhibits a family of enzymes called cytochromes P-450 that can activate the cancer process. It also helps the body detoxify carcinogens, stopping tumor growth at an early stage. Preliminary studies Oregon State University show that xan can kill breast, colon, ovarian and prostate cancers. Werner Back : Its very healthy. I think the ingredients in the beer are very good. Jennifer Matthews: Xanthohumol contains more powerful antioxidants than vitamin E. But its health benefits don't stop there. Studies are now showing it also reduces the oxidation of LDL, or bad cholesterol. But just drinking more beer wont do the trick. It would take 60 regular beers to equal the amount of xan that German researchers are able to brew in this one beer. Thats why scientists are now working on ways to give all beers higher levels of xanthohumol and even find ways to add it to other foods, like this chocolate, making even bad things good for you. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.