New research attempts to add cancer-fighting antioxidant to beer

HOUSTON In a few months, beer may be just as beneficial for you as red wine. Scientists at Rice University in Houston are currently working on new research with Texas-based Saint Arnold Brewing Company to add the antioxidant resveratrol to the yeast in beer.

Resveratrol is known as the cancer-fighting antioxidant found under grape skins and, therefore, also found in red wine. Jonathan Silberg, one of the researchers involved, said the researchers and Saint Arnold Brewing Company are attempting to synthesize resveratrol from the amino acid tyrosine. Researchers hope to have evidence within a few months to support that resveratrol can be formed in beer during the fermentation process.

A California study has discovered that low doses of freeze-dried grape powder could prevent colorectal cancer because of its high concentration of resveratrol. Scientists have also found anti-inflammatory and other cardiovascular effects, as well as the ability of the chemical to lower blood sugar in rats. Though experts assert that people should drink in moderation, resveratrol has enough healthful benefits that more people should consider including resveratrol-added food to their diet.

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