A key ingredient in most beers when consumed in large quantities can help ward off a winter runny nose, fevers, and some serious illness in small children. If this study is correct kids everywhere will have a great case for lowering the drinking age.
Japan based Sapporo Breweries is citing research conducted by the Sapporo Medical University (no relation) that shows a chemical compound found in hops, the plant used in beer to give it its bitter taste, provides an effective guard against pneumonia and bronchitis in younger patients.
The respiratory syncytial (RS) virus is known to cause serious pneumonia and breathing difficulties for infants and toddlers, but no vaccination is available at the moment to contain it. The compound humulone, found in hops, was found to be effective in curbing RS. This is the same virus that is commonly spread amongst adults in the winter and tends to cause cold symptoms.
Jun Fuchimoto, a researcher from the company, said that small quantities of humulone were present in beer, but that someone would have to drink around 30 cans, each of 12 oz, for it to have any virus-fighting effect.
Students from Michigan State University, Florida State University, and the University of Texas have all submitted petitions to run the second and third round of studies….as long as Sapporo chips in for the keg.