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Science-Based Health Benefits of Hops

Science-Based Health Benefits of Hops

Hops (Humulus lupulus) are female flowers from the hops plant. Hops have traditionally been used in beer in addition to a herbal medicine for hundreds of years in Europe.

Hops contain different groups of flavonoids which are biologically active in the body. The most important flavonoid is xanthohumol.1

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1. Helps Improve Sleep

Bad sleep is a common modern day health concern and hops may be able to help.

In a study on the effect of non-alcoholic beer on sleep quality, researchers reported that time taken to fall asleep was decreased and sleep quality improved significantly in the group of students who drank at least one non-alcoholic beer at dinner.2 Another study on the common quail confirms this result.3

A study involving 17 female nurses and non-alcoholic beer also found hops decreased time taken to fall asleep and increase sleep quality. Researchers claim the flavonoids in hops raise the level of the neurotransmitter GABA in the brain which has a sedative and relaxing effect.4

Hops helps increase levels of GABA in the brain which can decrease the time it takes to fall asleep and improve sleep quality.

2. Anxiety

Since hops can help increase the production of GABA in the brain it can also reduce anxiety.

In a 2017 study on healthy adults given hops extract, researchers noted that hops can significantly improve the symptoms of anxiety and stress over a 4 week period.5

Hops supplementation may be beneficial and help alleviate anxiety.

3. Menopausal Symptoms

Menopause can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms including hot flashes.6

In a double-blind placebo-controlled study on hops extract, researchers found participants experienced a reduction in menopausal symptoms.6

Another study on hops found similar results and the researchers claim that hops flavonoids could prove to be an effective alternative treatment for hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms.7

A 2016 study on early menopausal symptoms also found hops to be effective at combating hot flashes.8

Hops can help alleviate the symptoms of menopause.

4. Weight Loss

Hops can also help with weight loss.

In a 2016 study involving 200 overweight male and female participants given hops extract, researchers noted visceral fat and total fat both decreased after a period of 12 weeks with no adverse effects.9

The main flavonoid in hops called xanthohumol is able to reduce the growth and development of fat cells.10

Hops has been shown to help increase fat loss.


Hops is an important herb that can help with sleep and anxiety in addition to other benefits.*

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