A new study by Wrocław Medical University has pointed towards a number of health benefits to drinking dark beer.
According to innpoland.pl, the three year project found that dark beers can contain as many as 800 different chemical compounds.
Among that long list the key ingredient is xanthohumol, which can neutralize free radicals formed when breathing 4 times more effectively than vitamin c can. Xanthohumol also has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, while it inhibits the growth of bacteria too.
On top of that, the study indicates that the compounds contained in the extract of hop cones in dark beers have beneficial effects on bone metabolism and can alleviate the symptoms of menopause (particularly hot flashes).
Further studies will nonetheless have to be carried out before the University can be 100% sure of its findings.
The innPoland website believe Wrocław Medical University shouldn't have too much trouble with sourcing the right ingredients for their research though, as Polish hops are said to be comparatively rich in xanthohumol.