Drink to your health: Beer compounds may prevent cancer

You know what momma always said: A beer a day keeps the doctor away.

What do you mean your momma never said that?

Anyways, in some good news for bars, restaurants, and beer-lovers everywhere, moderate beer drinking could prevent inflammatory illnesses and even stop or prevent cancer, according to a new study.

It's all about the hops. The acids, humulones and lupulones found in the hops seem to be the key, according to scientists at the University of Idaho.

On the flip side, of course, is that drinking too much beer can also cause cancer. So, to paraphrase Plato, moderation is key.

Beer may be good for your health, but moderation is still key.

While this study is pretty exciting, there's not enough evidence to prove that hops and it's compounds actually can do any of this, but doctors are hopeful. More clinical research needs to be conducted first. If the humulones and lupulones compounds do what scientists think they can do, they'll look into trying to create the compounds synthetically for medication.

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Downing a cold brew sounds a helluvalot more fun, though.

Not too long ago it was also published that being a regular is good for your health. Moderate beer drinking can cut one's chance of a stroke in half, and in 2013, study results showed that beer consumption decreases the chances of getting kidney stones.

So hooray for beer! Celebrate with your guests and drink to their good health (literally).

Here's to beer!