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Hops for Hot Flashes, Weight Loss and Cancer Prevention

Researchers at Oregon State University are looking into the cancer protective effects of a flavonoid found in hops, the plants that give beer its bitter flavor. The flavonoid, xanthohumol, can help protect against cancer, at least in cell culture. Investigators at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State have found xanthohumol to be active against breast, colon, and ovarian cancer when these cancer cell lines were grown and treated under lab conditions. The flavonoid might also help prevent prostate cancer. In addition, hops appears to have other health benefits: an extract has been shown to decrease hot flashes in menopausal women, and ongoing studies of the effect of one hops compound may lead to a new approach to weight loss. In animal studies, the compound promoted either outright weight loss or prevented the animals from gaining as much weight as untreated animals. Don’t stock up on beer yet, though, as it doesn’t contain enough xanthohumol to provide any of the potential health benefits. How much xanthohumol would be needed to protect against cancer, control hot flashes and help us lose weight is still being investigated.

“An interview with Fred Stevens, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry LPI Principal Investigator,” Linus Pauling Institute Research Newsletter, accessed December 6, 2013,

“Hops”, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center website, accessed December 7, 2013,

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Reader Comments (4)

What would be the best way to consume hops?
March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDjhartldy
So how can we try this? I am allergic to Burdock Root
March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie
I live in Tucson but have a small organic (not certified yet) hops yard in Montana. First crop was last year ... sold it all to a micro brewery in Helena. This years crop is not yet out of the ground, but I have a few ounces (vacuum sealed and in my freezer) if you are interested. If you would like more information please email me at your convenience.

Bill Arnold
Tucson, Arizona
March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBill Arnold
I was suffering from the dreaded peri-menopausal hot flashes--about 22 a day and was desperate for relief. I'm trying to get through menopause without resorting to HRT. Both my regular and integrative Ob-Gyn offered me estrogen in the form of a patch. I researched around for alternatives and found LEF's Natural Female Support which contains hops. Because I am very sensitive to all medication and supplements, i started with a half capsule and in a few days my hot flashes stopped. I've been taking it daily since last July and alternate between 1/4 to 1/2 capsule a day to keep the hot flashes at bay. It's worked like a charm for me and if it protects against cancer all the better! If you are suffering from hot flashes, it may be worth a try.
April 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStella

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