Age-old wisdom has suggested that a bit of beer might be good for you. Now, new information suggests that the bitter compounds in beer might aid in the development of new drugs for diabetes, some types of cancer and other health problems.
In the new study, researchers determined the precise configuration of humulones, substances derived from hops that give beer its unique flavor.
"Now that we have the right results, what happens to the bitter hops in the beer-brewing process makes a lot more sense," study lead author Werner Kaminsky, a University of Washington research associate professor of chemistry, said in a university news release.
The study was published in the Jan. 28 issue of the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition.