Prostate Health - Beer
Ingredient (Hops) May Prevent Prostate Cancer and Enlargement -
Xanthohumol Inhibits NF-kappaB Protein in Gland
June 13th 2006
Researchers at Oregon State University have found that xanthohumol, a
compound found in hops, inhibits NF-kappaB protein in cells
along the surface of the prostate gland. Xanthohumol is a chief
ingredient in beer and this finding may lead to a therapy that could
prevent both prostate cancer and prostate enlargement.
According to Emily Ho, "We've shown that the addition of xanthohumol in
a cell culture blocks the signal of NF-KappaB protein and works to slow
down the growth of benign prostatic hyperplasia and malignant prostate
cancer cell”. Ho is assistant professor of nutrition and exercise
sciences in OSU's College of Health and Human Sciences and a researcher
with OSU’s Linus Pauling Institute.
The researchers warn that since xanthohumol is found in such small
amounts, a person would have to drink more than 17 beers a day to
consume the same amount found effective in the study.