Kid Has a Cold? Try Beer
Let’s get this out of the way first. That title? Facetious. Do not give your kid beer.
Now onto the interesting news behind the headline: researchers in Japan have discovered evidence that a compound known as humulone can protect children against the dreaded respiratory syncytial virus. Humulone, as it turns out, occurs naturally in hops, one of the three big ingredients that make beer. Among other things the RS virus is well known to cause severe bronchitis and pneumonia in young children.
Now for the fine print. Beer, as it turns out, is not the ideal delivery mechanism for this compound. In fact, as one researcher pointed out, “Such small quantities of humulone [are] present in beer that someone would have to drink around 30 cans, each of 12 oz, for it to have any virus-fighting effect.” The good news is that humulone can be “had alone,” if you will: Science should be able to isolate it and build potentially powerful new treatments from the stuff in the coming years.
Just another reminder that cold and flu season has many remedies, and that not every tall tale is a myth. If you are experiencing breathing difficulties, contact an experienced Los Angeles ENT today.