Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hops Make You Smarter

Scientists have finally proved what IPA lovers already knew - hops make you smarter. Here is an article from Slate, which notes that researchers at Oregon State University have found that "xanthohumol, a flavonoid found in hops, improved memory and thinking in a lucky group of mice." Unfortunately, it takes 5,636 beers a day to get enough xanthohumol to show marked improvement in smarts.   So, drinking even one-tenth of one percent of the necessary beers on a daily basis is pretty stupid, even if the first day may it seem like a fun challenge.  IPA drinkers also know that in addition to giving you added intelligence, hops make you suave, witty, and sophisticated, with just a touch of danger.  We just need to find some researchers to prove it.

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