Good News! Beer Might Help Improve your Memory

Good News! Beer Might Help Improve your Memory

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Yes, Oktoberfest officially ended in Germany yesterday, but in our minds this is another reason to raise a stein.

As it turns out, a compound in hops might actually be able to improve your memory. (We're going to take a guess that they are talking about long-term memory here.)

Researchers at Oregon State University have found that xanthohumol (the compound in hops) improved the "cognitive flexibility" in mice.

Now to get the same effects as in the study, you'd have to drink approximately 2,000 liters per day — or maybe 1,998 liters if you like your beer extra hop-y. Hopefully, scientists will find a way to put this knowledge to work. But either way, we're raising a glass! Cheers, science!

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