Parts Used: The female flowers, (strobiles)
It was chosen as an ingredient of Wonderup because: Contains flavonoids, whose action in regulating the hormonal production facilitates the development of the mammary glands which 'feed' on estrogens. Hops flavonoids thus contribute to a healthy breast development.
Other characteristics and
Hops are a common plant in Europe, cultivated in regions where beer is produced, since they are at the basis of the bitter flavouring of this drink. In spite of the fact that this plant has not been much used in ancient times for its therapeutic virtues, it has been mentioned since the 12th century as a "remedy against melancholy" for its aperitive (stimulating the appetite), depurative, laxative and vermifuge (serving to destroy or expel parasitic worms) properties, while there has been a confirmation of some effects traditionally attributed to it, such as particularly the sedative and relaxing action. These functions are widely justified considering the content in aminoacids and in hormone-like substances, while, because of the content of the essential oil and of phyto-hormonal substances, hops is also effective for the healthy growth of hair, since it stimulates metabolic functions of the superficial tissues of the scalp.
The main components of hops are a resin and a volatile oil. Besides, hops contain flavonoids, proteins, starch, glucids, and phytoestrogens.
Hops are most commonly used for their calming effect on the nervous system. Hops is an excellent sedative - used to induce better sleeping patterns - and in cough syrups. Dried flowers may be sewn into a pillow to help insomnia and healing.
Hops tea is also recommended for insomnia, nervous diarrhea, and restlessness. Hops poultice is used for abscesses - boils - tumors and pain.
Honey combined with hops is excellent for bronchitis.
History and curiosities:
Hops are universally known as a flavoring and preservative in beer. Traditional Uses: Historically Hops have been used as a sleeping aid. Pillows filled with Hops were used to sleep on. Hops was first used in England in the 16th century to flavor beer.
Current Status: Hops are still used in Europe as a remedy for sleeplessness.
|Beer Hops May Help Prevent Cancer
Copyright 1998 The Associated Press
March 15, 1998
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Compounds
found in the plant called hops, used to flavor and preserve beer, may help protect
against cancer, researchers say.
Want to Lower Cancer Risk? Try
Beer With Steak
By Willam Loob
Your very good health
REGULARLY downing a few pints at your local might make you less likely to get cancer, says a team of scientists in the US. They have shown that beer contains substances that can halt tumour growth and help destroy the toxins that cause cancer. The discovery could lead to the development of anticancer drugs with fewer unpleasant side effects. Donald Buhler and Cristobal Miranda of Oregon State University in Corvallis and their colleagues tested nine compounds called flavonoids isolated fom hops. These bitter-tasting chemicals give beer its distinctive taste. The researchers told the annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology in Seattle earlier this month that some of the flavonoid compounds slowed the growth of human breast and ovarian cancer cells by 50 per cent. Two of the compounds also led to a fourfold boost in production of a detoxifying enzyme called quinone reductase in mouse liver cells. This protein helps rid the body of carcinogens. The results fit in with the suggestion that flavonoids in soya beans am partly responsible for the low incidence of breast cancer in Asia (This Week, 14 March, p 14). Exactly how much beer you have to drink to benefit from its cancer-preventing qualities is not clear. But Miranda says it was encouraging that when isolated, the flavonoids slowed the growth of cancer cells at doses unlikely to have any significant toxic effect. He believes the finding may lead to anticancer drugs with fewer side effects than current treatments. "The ultimate aim is to produce refined versions of some af these chemicals that might be given with existing cancer treatments," he says. Michael Day
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