The Nutritional Components of Beer and Its Relationship with Neurodegeneration and Alzheimer’s Disease



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Sánchez Muniz, Francisco José and Macho González, Adrián and Garcimartín Álvarez, Alba and Santos López, Jorge Arturo and Benedí González, Juana María and Bastida Codina, Sara and González-Muñoz, María José (2019) The Nutritional Components of Beer and Its Relationship with Neurodegeneration and Alzheimer’s Disease. Nutrients, 11 (7). p. 1558. ISSN 2072-6643

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The prevalence of degenerative diseases has risen in western countries. Growing evidence suggests that demenia and other cognition affectations are associated with ambient factors including specific nutrients, food ingredients or specific dietary patterns. Mediterranean diet adherence has been associated with various health benefits and decreased risk of many diseases, including neurodegenerative disorders. Beer, as part of this protective diet, contains compounds such as silicon and hops that could play a major role in preventing brain disorders. In this review, different topics regarding Mediterranean diet, beer and the consumption of their main compounds and their relation to neurological health have been addressed. Taking into account published results from our group and other studies, the hypothesis linking aluminum intoxication with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s disease and the potential role of regular beer has also been considered. Beer, in spite of its alcohol content, may have some health benefits; nonetheless, its consumption is not adequate for all subjects. Thus, this review analyzed some promising results of non-alcoholic beer on several mechanisms engaged in neurodegeneration such as inflammation, oxidation, and cholinesterase activity, and their contribution to the behavioral modifications induced by aluminum intoxication. The review ends by giving conclusions and suggesting future topics of research related to moderate beer consumption and/or the consumption of its major compounds as a potential instrument for protecting against neurodegenerative disease progression and the need to develop nutrigenetic and nutrigenomic studies in aged people and animal models.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:beer; non-alcoholic beer; Mediterranean diet; aluminum; silicon; dementia; Alzheimer’s disease; neuroprotection
Subjects:Medical sciences > Pharmacy > Dietetics and nutrition
ID Code:69791
Deposited On:26 Jan 2022 11:02
Last Modified:27 Jan 2022 09:29

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