Catching a Cold: You Won't Believe What Drink Could Help Keep You Healthy

by Lexi Petronis, Glamour

Beer!

A study by researchers at Sapporo Medical University in Tokyo (and funded by Sapporo Breweries) found that a chemical component found in beer hops called humulone may actually protect drinkers from the respiratory syncytial virus, which can cause cold symptoms, pneumonia, and bronchitis. The virus is especially rampant in the wintertime. So... three cheers for beer?

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Well--and you knew this was coming--there's a catch. There are such tiny amounts of humulone in beer, you would have to drink about 30 servings of 12-ounce cans in order to see any real protection against the virus. And if you drank that much at once, I think you'd probably have more immediate problems to deal with than a virus.

The researchers are now looking into the idea that they could add humulone to food or non-alcoholic drinks. They say that children in particular could benefit from humulone; the challenge is that it's pretty bitter, so the flavor isn't exactly kids' cup of tea. Er, beer.

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Have you gotten a cold this winter yet? What's your preferred way of knocking it out?

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