Beer compound decreases weight gain and lowers cholesterol
Results of the study are published in the journal Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, medicalnewstoday.com reports.
The researchers - led by Cristobal Miranda, a research assistant professor at the university - found specific intake levels of the hops flavonoid, called xanthohumol, which improved metabolic syndrome markers in laboratory mice.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the underlying causes of metabolic syndrome are overweight and obesity, physical inactivity and genetic factors. Risks associated with the condition can be reduced by lowering weight, increasing physical activity and eating a heart-healthy diet.
Being clinically diagnosed with three or more of several conditions is what defines metabolic syndrome. These conditions include: abdominal obesity, elevated lipids, high blood pressure, insulin resistance or impaired glucose tolerance.
The researchers note that obesity and its related disorders account for up to 10% of health care expenditures in the US.
Previously, xanthohumol has been researched for its potential health benefits, alongside other flavonoids found in tea, garlic, chocolate, apples and blueberries.
Earlier this year, a study published in The BMJ suggested eating more flavonoid-rich fruits and vegetables to prevent weight gain, for example.