Thursday August 16, 2018

Beer Brewing Leaves can Help Fix Gum Disease

There is potentially a large amount of bracts that could be re-purposed for dental applications

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Beer Brewing Leaves can Help Fix Gum Disease
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Those who love beer would know that hops are what give the drink its bitterness and aroma.

Now, scientists have found that part of hops which is not used for making beer contains healthy antioxidants and could be used to battle cavities and gum disease.

“Antioxidant polyphenols in the hop leaves (called bracts) could help fight cavities and gum disease,” said Japanese researcher Yoshihisa Tanaka.

Bracts are not used for making beer and are discarded.

Thus, there is potentially a large amount of bracts that could be re-purposed for dental applications.

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Extracts from bracts stopped the bacteria responsible for these dental conditions from being able to stick to surfaces and prevented the release of some bacterial toxins.

Tanaka and his colleagues decided to investigate what substances in these leaves might cause those healthy effects.

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Using a technique called chromatography, they found three new compounds, one already known compound that was identified for the first time in plants and 20 already known compounds that were found for the first time in hops.

The bracts also contained substantial amounts of proanthocyanidins, which are healthful antioxidants, said Tanaka in a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. (Bollywood Country)

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Amid terrible economic crisis, Venezuela is also running short of Beer

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  • Venezuela is home to the largest oil reserves in the world
  • The government is causing the country to self implode
  • Shortages have led people to turn to rioting and looting

Meat, milk, bread and beer; staple items on a diet plan. These items are now hardly available to the citizens of Venezuela. Empresas Polar is upon tough times. It was founded in 1941 and has been the food giant in the socialist country. Factories now work at half speed with thousands of employees having been laid off since April.

Even though Venezuela is home to the largest oil reserves in the world, the prices of petroleum are down and government policies are making matters worse.

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The country’s food production has also plummeted leading to food shortages. These shortages have led people to turn to rioting and looting. The disheartening part of this situation is that the government refuses to change its ways.

crisis in Venezuela. Image source: Wikipedia
crisis in Venezuela. Image source: Wikipedia

In fact, the government has turned to place blame on the largest private company in Venezuela, Empresas Polar. President Nicolás Maduro has gone so far to label the chief executive of the company as,  “a thief and a traitor.” The president also claims that Polar is purposefully refraining from full food production in attempts to ruin the Venezuelan economy. These claims come with no evidence that any of it is true, and has left the Lorenzo Mendoza with a saddened heart.

Lorenzo Mendoza, the chief executive of Empresas Polar, has been appalled at the attacks on him and his private company. He is frustrated because he has seen other governments such as those in, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Ecuador embrace the private companies within their country.

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There is a barley shortage. The government controls foreign currency and refuses to import the barley that Polar needs. Venezuela is unable to grow its own barley in its tropical climate. That creates frustration among the workers; demanding the materials they need to be able to work. So many hard emotions are being felt everyday and many of the Venezuelans may just want to sit down and have a beer in attempts to relax. Unfortunately for them, Polar is responsible for 80 percent of the countries beer. Vendors now have to ration off the remaining beer cases they have, and they limit the amount that each customer can purchase.

The government is causing the country to self implode. Without the approval from the government to import goods into the country, the largest food distributor has no means to put anything on their shelves to sell. It is hard for a company to convince the government to go out and purchase foreign goods when the government hardly has any money to sustain its own Maduro regime.

The Venezuelan economy is crumbling. The government has decided to pit the blame on the largest food distributor in the country. With shortages in meat, milk, bread, and beer things do not look as though they will get better under the socialist rule.

-by Abigail Andrea. She is an intern at NewsGram. Twitter @abby_kono

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