Monday, June 12, 2006

Beer fights cancer!!!! Somebody pass me a pint, STAT!

This is the best news ever!!! And after the bachelor party weekend I went to a for a college buddy of mine, I think I'm about a week ahead of the game...

PORTLAND, Ore. - For many men, a finding by Oregon researchers sounds too good to be true: an ingredient in beer seems to help prevent prostate cancer, at least in lab experiments. The trouble is you'd theoretically have to drink about 17 beers a day for any potential benefit. And no one's advising that.

Researchers at Oregon State University say that the compound xanthohumol, found in hops, inhibits a protein in the cells along the surface of the prostate gland. The protein acts like a switch that turns on a variety cancers, including prostate cancer.

I hereby volunteer for future studies in this area... in the interest of furthering scientific reasearch, of course. (Attn. OSU researchers.... call me, I volunteer)

The 2nd best part about this study? Tomatoes have also been linked to prostate cancer prevention, so pizza and beer is the latest meal for the health-conscious. That is, quite possibbly, the BEST DIET EVER.

Other fringe benefits... drinking at work. Not only does it make your day go by faster, and make your boss less of a bastard, but you're doing it for your prostate health too! 17 beers may be too much for some guys to wait until happy hour to start drinking.

UPDATE @ 4:24pm : Finally! People doing research we can use! Coffee may combat alcohol liver damage! Can there possibly be a better pairing for the alcohol cancer prevention story? I think not!