From a heath article in Newsday--Chase it with beer (in moderation). the bitter compounds that come from beer derived from hops seem to activate PPARs (at least in animal studies). Those are the substances in your body that some foods and beverages stimulate and that may have ani-infammatory effects. Once they're activated, they also decrease glucose and insulin levels, as well as lousy LDL cholesterol.
(Simple Steps Newsday April 13, 2010)