Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Beer. It saves lives.

Well, maybe it doesn't save them so much as it might make them a little healthier:
Researchers in Austria and the Czech Republic -- two nations that drink more than their fair share of suds -- have just released studies that suggest that beer is an anti-inflammatory and can slow the aging process.

In a study published in the March issue of International Immunopharmacology, scientists at Austria's Innsbruck Medical University found that hops, a key ingredient in beer, affect the production of neopterin, a telltale sign of inflammation, and levels of the amino acid tryptophan (low levels are associated with more inflammation.)

Somebody do a study on the effect of beer on the bird flu, stat!

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