I’ve been nursing a brutally bad back since Monday, when it decided to go out without provocation or reason. I’ve also had a head cold, which is just an AWESOME thing to have when your spine is resting against the nerves in your lower back.
I took some muscle relaxers and they helped, but they totally spaced me out for a day and a half, so I decided to switch to beer. Not only does beer taste better, it works just about as well as the pills and doesn’t have the same space cadet effect that cyclobenzaprine has on me.
What I didn’t know is that beer might help with my cold as well. That’s beer for you – always overachieving!
The study, commissioned (unsurprisingly) by Japan’s Sapporo Brewery, discovered that a compound found in hops may have virus fighting powers:
In research with scientists at Sapporo Medical University, the compound — humulone — was found to be effective in curbing the respiratory syncytial (RS) virus, said the company, which funded the study.
“The RS virus can cause serious pneumonia and breathing difficulties for infants and toddlers, but no vaccination is available at the moment to contain it,” said Jun Fuchimoto, a researcher from the company.
The virus tends to spread in winter and can also cause cold-like symptoms in adults.
Fuchimoto said such small quantities of humulone were present in beer that someone would have to drink around 30 cans, each of 350 millilitres (12 oz), for it to have any virus-fighting effect.
I’m not sure, but I think I’m going to find out this weekend. :)