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Tuesday, 8th January 2013
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Sapporo Medical University study reveals beer can kill off colds

Researchers at Sapporo Medical University have revealed that a compound found in hops could help kill off the cold virus.

The study was funded by Sapporo Breweries which revealed that humulone was able to stop the effects of respiratory syncytial (RS) virus.

Jun Fuchimoto, a researcher at the company, said: "The RS virus can cause serious pneumonia and breathing difficulties for infants and toddlers, but no vaccination is available at the moment to contain it."

Because the virus affects children, it's clearly not appropriate for them to consume beer in order to get the benefits of the compound, and what's more the effects would only become apparent after consuming the equivalent of about 30 cans of beer.

The scientists involved in the study have suggested that it is for this reason that they are looking to apply humulone to food or non-alcoholic drinks.

Another issue is that hops have a very bitter taste which children may find unpalatable.

Written by Mark Smith