Beer to cure the common cold?

I’m feeling extremely under the weather today…so much so that I took the day off work. I have nothing in the house to remedy my sinuses… and I started to wonder…Is beer good for a cold?

Well according to a study by Japan’s oldest brewer it is! Here is an excerpt from the article written by contributer Patrick Boehler:

“Hops, one of the three basic ingredients of beer along with water and barley, contains a chemical compound called humulone, which can help the human body fight the virus that causes the common cold in adults, according to a report by the news agency Agence-France Presse. The same virus also can cause bronchitis and pneumonia in children. With vaccination for these illnesses has yet to be found, the study by Japanese beverage giant Sapporo says that beer could prove a unique way of curbing infection.”

Wait! Before you start chugging back a beer to cure your cold…stop!  The study later goes on to say:

“Unfortunately, a single can of beer doesn’t contain enough humulone to make a difference, Jun Fuchimoto, a researcher for Sapporo, told AFP. You’d need to drink 30 12-oz. cans of beer in order for there to be any effect”…

30 12 oz cans of beer to cure a cold is an awful lot of beer! And sadly like I said before don’t have anything in the house to remedy my cold, that includes beer. So for now I will go old school… and get some much needed rest.

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