Why beer could help fight dementia and improve your concentration

There’s a scientific study we should all be raising a toast to!

Experts in Japan claim the hops in beer are good for the brain and can speed up thought processes and improve concentration.

Their study also suggests the acid found in bitter hops, known as MHBA, could be used to help combat dementia.

Consuming hops also reduced stress levels and improved mood, according to the research. And those who took supplements with bitter hop extracts showed better memory recall and could solve mental puzzles easier, reports The Mirror.

It found there was notable improvement in the cognitive function of participants after 12 weeks of taking the supplement.

Scientists based at Juntendo University Faculty of Medicine and the Fukushima Healthcare Center carried out the research on 100 otherwise healthy people aged 45 to 69 who had demonstrated selective cognitive decline (SCD), defined as “worsening memory loss”.

While some were given placebos, others were given a daily dose of MHBA.

They all carried out a series of mental tests and assessments at the outset and again after 12 weeks, while saliva and blood samples were tested to analyse the effect on hormones and chemicals linked to cognitive function and stress.

The report stated: “We observed improved attention and reduced stress after neuropsychological tests in the participants who received MHBA supplements.”

The study’s authors concluded: “The present study results showed that MHBA supplementation improved mental processing speed, attention, and concentration and reduced mental stress after intellectual work in healthy adults aged 45 to 69 years with SCD.

“In particular, early intervention through MHBA supplementation in persons with SCD could be successful in improving cognitive function.”

The scientists found MHBA appeared to improve energy metabolism in overweight subjects, suggesting it may help keep you trim as well.

The study has been published in the latest edition of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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