Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Beer is the new green tea?

In a speculative but amusing article, Science News reports that beer may be anti-carcinogenic. Researchers from Okyama University tested the effect of beer (minus the alcohol) on mice that also were fed HCA:s, cooked meat carcinogens. The mice that were fed beer extract were much less likely to develop cancer (or, rather, DNA mutations that are precursors to cancer) than mice who did not get the extract.

The same group reported two years ago that anti-oxidants found in green tea combat the effect of HCA:s.


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