We knew it!
College was spent fighting colds, mom and dad! LOLz!
Okay, so if you have a cold and you're of age, you can totally fight it with large quantities of beer. It's fun AND productive! Yay!
A study has found that a key ingredient in beer can help fend off symptoms of wintertime illnesses, as well as certain serious sicknesses in children. Though, we recommend giving them the ingredient, not the beer.
The winner here is the compound humulone, as it's effective in fighting against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) – which can cause pneumonia and bronchitis in infants and children, as well as cold-like symptoms in adults. Humulone happens to be found in hops, an ingredient used in beer to give it a bitter taste.
Here's the issue, though: the amount of humulone in beer is so small that a person would have to drink about 30 cans of beer in order to benefit from it.
(JK, don't do that.)
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