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March 19, 2013


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This is definitely a conversation topic at the bar! It is interesting to see what all hops has been used for: insomnia, menopausal symptoms, metabolic syndrome and many others. Hopefully, it doesn't give a reason to those seeking a drinking diet.

Hops is an interesting dietary choice by most western standards because we have so few bitters in our diet typically! Its usually not a flavor that people like or at least it takes some getting used to. Im always amazed at the variety that hops can bring to the flavor in beer.

Just went on the Sam Adams brewery tour and was able to see this flower and smell its unique aroma first hand (outside of having it in my beer). After touching it, my hands smelled like hops for most of the day! I like my beer “hoppy” but I’d prefer not to wear it as a perfume, certainly not relaxing in that sense.

I have to agree with Mikey. This sounds very interesting! I also hope to be able to view the webinar and learn a lot more about the topic, as this was my first time being introduced to the uses of hops. I wonder about the possible use of hops in sleep disorders and its correlation with the effects of beer on sleep in some individuals. I definitely look forward to reading more about this topic and will be on the look out for products containing hops or made from hops.

I recently tour the Samuel Adams brewery and was fascinated with this peculiar but pleasant-smelling flower. It is amazing how the little flower plant can do wonders to giving the hundreds of beer types the different characteristics that we have all come to enjoy. I do wonder how much of the relaxation and sedation effects are, in fact, carried into the eventual effects of the final product (beer) on the CNS and if the overlap is substantial.

I will have to take a look at this webinar. It looks fascinating!!

Beer definitely puts me to sleep so I guess I can see how hops might show benefit in treatment of insomnia!

Hops is such an interesting plant to me. It has been used for centuries in beer to prevent bacterial growth while promoting the yeast production, making for delicious beer. I've also learned that it is considered by some to be comparable to valerian for sleep. People used to put it in their pillows to help with sleep. Such an informative webinar!

When I was reviewing hops I found something really neat. I had always wondered why beer needs to be stored in amber glass or containers to protect the beer from light, and now I know! During the brewing process, one of the alpha acids obtained from hops, humulone, is converted to iso-humulone. If the iso compound is allowed to react with light wavelengths, it will put off a 'skunky' smell. I can't imagine that would go over well!

I suppose it makes a bit of logical sense that hops helps with anxiety, relaxation, sedation..beer has a similar effect on SOME people depending on the amount they drink. Though, of course, alcohol also plays a factor in that. Maybe the hops contributes more than flavor to beer!

I'm curious about the post by deb, who mentioned that her roommate baked and roasted hops. Were they roasted to be eaten, or to add flavor before adding to homemade beer? I can't imagine eating them, but I bet roasting before adding to beer would add an interesting flavor.

In cereal? Really? I haven't been able to find anything about that, but I'm very curious! Seems to me that would leave either a very distinctive aroma or bitter taste . . . it is very interesting though that it does have other uses that so many of us were unaware of! Makes you wonder how many other things have uses we don't generally think about.

I recently just learned a lot about hops! I recorded the new audio monograph for hops a few days ago - did you know that they are part of the same plant family as marijuana and hackberries?

America is also one of the world's highest producer of hops, second only to Germany. Any confirmed use of hops could provide a great revenue for American farmers!

I recently learned hops are not only used in beer as a flavoring agent but also for their possible preservative and antibacterial properties. Both of these properties come from the plants' alpha resin which provide protection against gram positive bacteria and the plants' bitter taste. It does not appear alpha resin has been investigated yet for drug development, but it is an interesting thought! Even if the drug had a bitter taste, having additional antibiotics in a world with ever growing resistance could never hurt.

I saw my roommate from college backed/roasted it once and it was delicious!!

I agree with the other posters, I only have ever used hops in making beer and had no idea how beneficial hops could be! I wonder if any of those benefits, such as decreasing anxiety, come across when they are used in beer, or if it is simply the alcohol taking effect. Perhaps I will have to complete this CE to learn more!

I was the same as ER. The first thing that comes to mind when someone says hops is beer and I didn't even think about it being used for other options outside of that. After looking in the natural standard database I was surprised to find that hops has evidence grades for at least 10 different conditions including asthma and menopausal symptoms on top of relaxation, anxiety, sedation and to treat sleep disorders mentioned above. Apparently there is even evidence for use as deodorant. It is great that these featured CEs are available because it gives me an opportunity to look at a herb or supplements I never knew about before.

How appropriate with St. Pat's just passing! I love your CE programs and always learn so much.

In fact, I didn't even realize hops were used medicinally outside of beer. I find it interesting that Expert European panels have approved hops for the treatment of mood disturbances despite unclear or conflicting evidence. I hope standardization occurs in the near future so trials may produce more reliable results.

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