Updated 08 December 2017

Beer can make you happy.

Beer can make you happy. This has been common knowledge for millennia, but now a team of German researchers has discovered the reason why. They investigated some 13 000 chemical components found in food to identify those that can interact with the so-called dopamine D2 receptor and thus stimulate the brain’s reward centre – the kind of ingredients that make us come back for more. It turns out that beer contains hordenine, a substance present in malted barley, which does so quite well and probably accounts the feel-good factor beer drinkers experience.


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