The health benefits of hops flower include relaxing the muscles, boosting cognitive health, easing cardiovascular issues, and protecting skin health, relieve symptoms of insomnia, prevent cancer, treat arthritis and fibromyalgia, ease the transitional hormone changes of menopause, aid in weight loss among others.
Hops are the seed cones of a perennial herbaceous plant that is scientifically known as Humulus lupulus. Technically the flowers of this plant are cultivated around the world for their seed cones, many varieties of which are used in the brewing of beer. For more than 1,000 years, hops have been a key ingredient in this popular alcoholic beverage, and their cultivation has continued to evolve, particularly in recent years as beer brewing has undergone a veritable Renaissance in some parts of the world.
Not only do hops act as a stabilizing agent in beer, but also provides different flavors, and some antibacterial/antioxidant protection to the beverage during production. While hops are found in almost all beer, they are not considered one of the essential ingredients – e.g., yeast, water, malted barley. They do act as a preservative and stabilizer in beer, however, so they are almost always included. The inclusion of malt gives a sweetness to the beer, whereas these seed cones can add bitterness and balance the flavor in various ways.
Nutritionally speaking, hops don’t contain a wealth of nutrients, but they do have notable levels of vitamin B6, vitamin C, and vitamin E, as well as a variety of antioxidant flavonoids, including a unique compound named xanthohumol.
Put a teaspoon of hops flower into a 200ml cup of boiled water. Cover it and let it brew for 10 minutes. Strain and drink a cup three times per day.
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