Good News! Beer, Okay, The Hops, May Help Fight Cold Virus

on 11/12/12 at 6:17 pm


Instead of reaching for that box of Kleenex, maybe you should grab a six-pack.

According to a new study, beer has anti-viral properties, being particularly effective against the respiratory syncytial (RS) virus, which can cause pneumonia and bronchitis in young children and symptoms similar to the common cold in adults, Agence-France Presse reports. The research also found that humulone alleviated inflammation caused by infection from the virus.

A couple of caveats: The study was sponsored by Sapporo Breweries, the Japanese beer company, carried out by researchers at Sapporo Medical University. And it is not the beer itself that contains the anti-viral properties, but a chemical compound in the hops in the beer, called humulone.

Only small amounts of humulone are found in beer–researchers say a person would have to drink about 30 12 oz. cans of even the hoppiest IPA to benefit from the anti-virus effect.

And, hops has been know for it’s medicinal qualities for, oh, centuries.