Drinking beer: Can it really stave off a cold?

Cheers! Could drinking beer really stave off a winter cold Humulone, the bitter-tasting chemical compound found in hops, is said to be effective against cold and flu virus Now, a Japanese beer company plans to create humulone-containing food and non-alcoholic beverages | UPDATED: 17:57 GMT, 12 December 2012 You'd be forgiven for thinking a steaming hot toddy is the best remedy for a cold, but according to new research it's lager you should be knocking back to beat the dreaded lurgy. A new Japanese study suggests that a key ingredient found in beer may help to warn off the winter sniffles. Researchers at Sapporo Medical University found that humulone, a chemical compound in hops, was effective against the respiratory syncytial (RS) virus and was found to have an anti-inflammatory effect.