Japanese research finds that drinking beer in winter helps prevent colds

Researchers at the Sapporo Medical University in Japan have found that the chemical substance hopsene in hops has anti-inflammatory effects and can effectively prevent respiratory diseases such as colds and pneumonia from invading the human body.

The head of the new study, Yuan Ben, said that respiratory syncytial virus (RS virus), which causes respiratory diseases, is more active in winter. The virus can cause severe pneumonia in infants and children and a variety of dyspnea problems, but there is currently no vaccine against this virus. The virus can also cause symptoms similar to colds in adults.

Japanese researchers say that because of the extremely small amount of hops in beer, people must drink 30 cans of 12 ounces (350 ml) of beer to achieve the effect of fighting cold viruses. Therefore, scientists hope to develop hops-containing foods and non-alcoholic beverages for all ages to help people resist the cold in winter. The bitter taste of hops is hard to bear, especially for very small children.

However, an early study by Professor Ramon Etruschi, a beer research expert at the University Hospital of Barcelona in Spain, believes that a small amount of beer can play a variety of health benefits. The main health benefits of beer include: Beer is rich in a variety of natural antioxidants and vitamins that help prevent heart disease and muscle recovery. Black beer has a higher oxidant content and can reverse cell damage in humans. Hops contain polyphenols that lower blood lipids, fight cancer and kill viruses. In addition, because beer is rich in silicon, it helps prevent osteoporosis.