Attitude, Eating Well

Researchers Are Convinced That Beer Makes Us Happy

It’s true: beer makes us happy. We know that now because German researchers, of course, searched a database of 13,000 molecules, looking for those that stimulate the dopamine D2 recepter, and found the most promising candidate to be hordenine, a chemical compound found in malted barley and beer. Wait, it gets better: According to researchers at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, “In contrast with dopamine, hordenine activates the receptor solely through G proteins, potentially leading to a more prolonged effect on the reward centre of the brain.” So yes, beer doesn’t just make you happy, it makes you happy longer than ordinary sources of dopamine.

 

 

 

 

One Comment

  1. Stephen Borders

    I just knew it!

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