In the study, scientists fed lab mice a high-fat diet along with varying levels of xanthohumol. All the mice gained weight while bingeing, but those also consuming xanthohumol gained 22% less weight. Additionally, they lowered “bad” cholesterol 80% and their insulin levels 42%. But really, all humans care about is how they look, rather than if they're really healthy. Ours is a very Dorian Gray society.
“This is the first time we’ve seen one compound with the potential to address so many health problems,” said Cristobal Miranda, a research assistant professor at OSU and lead author of the study. "After further study, this might provide an effective treatment for metabolic syndrome at a very low cost.”
Now, don't go thinking you should just go out and guzzle a six pack to shed your winter weight. While you can obtain xanthohumol through beer, a 150lb human would need to drink 3,500 pints per day to get the appropriate dose -- something only Wade Boggs can do on a cross-country flight. Maybe he's immortal?