“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?
Regardless, this breakthrough could lead to dietary supplements that help fight getting fat and all the ailments affiliated with being obese. And it was all brought to you by beer!
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Ryan Craggs is Thrillist's Senior News Editor. If beer made him lose weight, he'd have looked like the guy from Thinner during college. Follow him @ryanrcraggs.