• Hops Extract Nutritional Supplement Aiding in Sleepiness
  • Although hops known botanically as Humulus lupulus is a plant commonly known for its use in the beer brewing industry, it is also used in herbal medicine. Because hops contain humulone, isohumulone and humulene which are bitter-tasting compounds. It also contains the natural phenols xanthohumol, isoxanthohumol and the most estrogenic phytoestrogen known, 8-prenylnaringenin.

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    Hops have a history of use in China to treat leprosy and tuberculosis, according to Purdue University. Today, hops extract is marketed as a sleep aid and for reproductive health. As with all herbal medicine, consult your doctor before taking hops extract.

    Hops are the female flower cones, also known as strobiles, of the hop plant (Humulus lupulus). The hop is part of the family Cannabaceae, which also includes the genus Cannabis (hemp). They are used primarily as a flavoring and stability agent in beer, though hops are also used for various purposes in other beverages and herbal medicine. The first documented use of hops in beer as a bittering agent is from the eleventh century.

    Hops extract has traditionally been used as a sedative used to lessen anxiety and increase sleepiness. Most hops-related sleep studies with humans pair the extract with valerian and prove that, when taken together—usually 120 mg of hops extract with 500 mg of valerian extract—the combination may help to improve sleep and decrease the time it takes to fall asleep. That said, there is no research that separates the effects of hops from the valerian and so it is unclear if hops are effective on their own as a sleep aid.

    Dermatitis sometimes results from harvesting hops. Although few cases require medical treatment, an estimated 3% of the workers suffer some type of skin lesions on the face, hands, and legs. Hops are toxic to dogs.

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