Alzheimer’s: Could beer hop compounds help reduce toxic clumps?

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Scientists found that certain hop extracts may inhibit the build-up of amyloid beta proteins in the brain — a key marker of Alzheimer’s disease. Photo: Pexels


(Annie Lennon/ Medical News Today) — Around 6.5 million Americans aged 65 years and older have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. By 2050, they estimate this figure may reach 12.7 million.

Preventative strategies are key for tackling the condition. Diet is often considered a promising preventive target, as natural molecules in foods, and nutraceuticals may be able to interfere with biochemical events that underlie pathology.

Some recent studies have found that long-term intake of hop flower extracts mitigates Alzheimer’s symptoms in a mouse model of the disease. Other research suggests that the intake of bitter hop acids improves cognitive function, attention, and mood in older adults.

Recently, researchers investigated the effects of hop extracts on human cell lines and a worm model of Alzheimer’s. (…)

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