A new study published in the journal Alzheimer’s Disease by Japanese scientists suggests that an acid called MHBA found in bitter hops can provide attention and help fight dementia. Beer is believed to be the most popular among many young people, and is the third-highest consumption drink in the world after water and tea. But beer is more than just a thirst-quenching drink, it has many more unknown benefits.
A new scientific study suggests that the acid in bitter hops (MHBA) is good for the brain, not only improving attention and speeding up the thought process, but also lowering stress levels, improving mood, showing better memory and ability to solve mental problems.
Scientists from Juntendo University and Fukushima Medical Center studied 100 healthy people between the ages of 45 and 69 who showed selective cognitive decline (SCD).
In the study, some people were given a placebo, while others took MHBA daily. They conducted a series of psychological tests and assessments at the beginning and after 12 weeks, while saliva and blood samples were used to analyze the effects of hormones and chemicals associated with cognitive function and stress.
The study found that participants who received MHBA supplements had improved their attention and reduced stress after taking neuropsychological tests.
The researchers said that in healthy adults aged 45-69 with selective cognitive decline, supplementing MHBA can improve their mental response speed and attention, and reduce their psychological stress after mental work.
More importantly, early intervention in SCD patients by supplementing MHBA can successfully improve cognitive function. In addition, MHBA seems to improve the energy metabolism of overweight participants, suggesting that it may help keep you in shape.