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Drinking Beer Could Help Ward Off Dimensia ~


Compound from HOPS could slow the development of forms of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

According to research conducted at China’s Lanzhou University, xanthohumol, a flavonoid found only in HOPS, has been identified as a potential candidate for preventing neurodegenerative disorders. Previous studies have suggested that oxidative damage to brain cells contributes to the development of such diseases, and scientists now believe xanthohumol could protect these cells from oxidative damage and help slow the development of brain disorders. Dementia, the deterioration in cognitive function, is a major cause of disability and dependency among older people worldwide, and Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and may contribute to 60-70% of cases. Oxidative-stress occurs when a cell is exposed to more reactive oxygen compounds than it can degenerate. Flavonoids are compounds found in plants that often give them their color, and the study of flavonoids - whether in blueberries, dark chocolate or red wine - has recently increased due to their apparent nutritional benefits on issues ranging from cancer to inflammation or cardiovascular disease. Several have also been shown to be important in cognition (think Blueberries). Xanthohumol has attracted considerable interest because of its multiple pharmacological functions, including antioxidation, cardiovascular protection, anti-cancer, antivirus, anti-obesity and anti-inflammation. Hops are widely used in beers; and in traditional Chinese medicine, Hops have been used to treat a number of ailments for centuries. The high concentration of xanthohumol in beer is thought to be linked to its beneficial effects. Increasing evidence has supported oxidative stress as a causal, or at least

an ancillary, factor in the progressive degeneration of neurons - a hallmark of adult-onset neurodegenerative diseases. Surgery to replace the dying or dead neurons in these diseases has shown only limited success; therefore, pharmacological management to alleviate oxidative stress is one promising strategy to protect loss of neurons. The researchers synthesized xanthohumol and studied its neuro-protective function against oxidative stress on neuronal cells from oxidative insult. This concentration could be easily reached by daily intake of Hops’ xanthohumol-containing products, such as beers.

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Studies show that smiling can reduce anxiety, lower blood presssure and trigger our brain's reward center (like eating chocolate). Taking a break with a smile reminds the brain that it feels good - and when your brain feels good, it tells you to smile more. Better still: When people see you smiling, they usually return the smile. The message? Smile - and you just may start a very happy chain reaction - starting with YOU.




It may seem obvious, but you could be getting too little sleep - which can negatively affect your concentration and health. Adults should get seven to eight hours every night, so make sleep a priority, and keep a regular schedule. Ban laptops, cell phones and TVs from your bedroom. Still having trouble? Seek help from your doctor; you may have a sleep disorder. Try a pleasant cup of Chamomile tea (or supplemental Chamomile) for a gentle, natural way to soothe your nerves and induce a deep sleep. We all need a good night's sleep - every night.


You don't need athletic prowess to be active! There are plenty of solo and team activities that emphasize fun and fitness, rather than competition or scoring points. Try playing games with like-minded friends, taking a class or going for a run, ride or swim. Find your personal motivation this week and try an activity that reflects your interests. Instead of keeping score, tally up the physical and mental beneits of your new activity.



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