16 Amazing Health Benefits Of Hops And Its Nutritional Value

From anti-aging benefits to improving overall health, here is how hops may help.

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Swati Mutha, MBBS, DDV
By Tanya Choudhary, ISSA Certified Specialist In Fitness & Nutrition

If you are aware of brewing in beer preparation, you probably might know about hops. These flowers are used to impart flavor and taste to the beer. The benefits of hops are many, and they are not only mere simple flavoring agents. These female flowers of the hop plant were first discovered in the early 11th century and are grown in many parts of the world. There are also various spices of hops, and each of them has a different purpose. These flowers are known for their unique aroma, and they have a distinct sour taste. They are the first choice for any brewer to impart a perfect flavor and taste to the beer. Also, hops are valued medicinally – and you do not have to consume beer to enjoy their benefits. In the article, we have listed out the ways you can use hops to make use of their benefits. Continue reading.

Skin Benefits Of Hops

As a herb, it has been used to treat various skin related diseases. Some of the skin benefits of hops are:

 1. Keeps Skin Young

Hop is a good source of antioxidants, which means that it helps the body fight against free radicals, giving the skin a radiant and youthful glow (1).

2. Treats Skin Inflammation

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It may be the main ingredient in beer, but also used in various cosmetic products for skin treatments. The oils and minerals in the plant provide an anti-inflammatory effect to the skin and are used to decrease the surface blood vessels thereby reducing the redness and irritation (2).

3. Was Traditionally Used To Treat Leprosy

Owing to their anti-inflammatory properties, hops were used to treat leprosy. However, the mechanism isn’t clear and there is no scientific evidence to back this up.

Hair Benefits Of Hops

You must have heard or even used beer to wash your hair. Yes, beer is good for your hair because it contains hops!

 4. Reduces Hair Fall And Dandruff

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Beer gives a natural shine and helps to reduce dandruff (3). Beer is also used to rinse the hair because it contains antioxidants and mainly hops, which help to reduce hair fall. The hop extract can also be directly used to wash your hair. First, rinse the hair with a mild shampoo, then use hop extract on the scalp. It is quite helpful in the treatment of scalp and dandruff. The essential vitamins and oils present in the hops help to open the tiny pores of the scalp and reduce the hair loss. The oils in this herb help to cure the dead skin on the scalp and remove dandruff, which blocks the pores of the scalp. It is easily available in the market, but can also be used directly from beer, which has high contents of hops.

Health Benefits Of Hops

Hops have unlimited health benefits, and a few of them are given below:

5. Eases Nervousness

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Hops are also used to treat insomnia. As they are related to the “cannabis” family, they are used as a drug for relaxing muscles and treating people suffering from anxiety (4).

6. Relaxes And Soothes Muscles

Animal studies suggest that hops help in relaxing the aching muscles and body pain. Easily available, it is used in many pain killers (5).

7. Treats Different Ulcers

Another property of this wonder weed is that it is used in the treatment of various types of ulcers. It has been proved that the dosage of hops mixed with other essential herbs helps in the treatment of various ulcer causing bacteria.

 8. Improves Digestive System

Improving the digestive system, hops accelerate the metabolism of the body (6). People suffering from various digestive disorders can go for this herbal medicine.

9. Provides Relief From Toothaches

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The anti-inflammatory property of hops provides relief from a toothache and other oral diseases.

These are just a small part of the healing properties of hops. It can be used in several different ways to cure many diseases. The benefits of hops are not just limited to its beer making. It is also used as an active ingredient in flavoring yeast, which is further used in different medicines and baking products.

10. Relieves Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the biggest problems most people face today. And if it is your problem too, then you better start using hops essential oil right away! The sedative quality is what makes hops essential oil useful in combating anxiety and mood swings (4). It helps calm the mind and body.

 11. Analgesic

Animal studies suggest that hops essential oil is an analgesic that has many sedative qualities (5). It enjoyed great popularity among earlier generations as a sure-shot remedy for chronic pain. So don’t worry if chronic pain is bothering you. Just start using hops essential oil and enjoy the results!

12. Treats Insomnia

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As mentioned above, hops essential oil exhibits sedative and soothing qualities (4). It is a perfect treatment for sleeplessness or insomnia. You can diffuse some essential oil before going to bed and enjoy a peaceful and deep slumber. When you wake up, you’ll be ready to take on the world!

13. Treats Menstrual Cramps

Hops essential oil’s soothing properties and sedative effect help ease menstrual cramps and pain. The sedative quality helps loosen the muscles and reduces pain. It can help you naturally overcome the discomfort during menstruation!

14. Improves Sexual Performance

Hops essential oil helps men enhance their sexual prowess. Hops essential oil helps extend your performance. It can help you effectively counter the problem of premature ejaculation. As hops essential oil has a soothing effect on the body, it helps desensitize certain vital elements that lead to premature sexual stimulation.

15. Alleviates Cough And Congestion

Usually, inflammation and irritation are responsible for most of the common respiratory disorders. Using aromatherapy with hops essential oil helps reduce inflammation and soothe the irritated parts of your respiratory tract. Thus, it effectively reduces coughing and congestion too.

16. Treats Headache

One of the most popular uses of hops essential oil is to ease tension and the symptoms of headache. The soothing and sedative effects help loosen the muscles of your shoulders and the neck while helping relax the mind and providing relief from mental conditions like paranoia and dementia. The soothing effect allows you to end your headache woes and helps you start your day with renewed energy!

Nutritional Value Of Hops

As an herbal medicine, hops contain various essential oils, vitamins and minerals, which make it suitable for different uses. Some of the essential oils derived from hops are:

  • Myrcene
  • Caryophyllene
  • Farnesene
  • Humulene

These oils have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory characteristics, which make them perfect for relaxing the body. Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin C have antioxidant properties, which makes the immune system more active and less prone to diseases. Some chemicals naturally found in the body are also found in this herb, which help in balancing the functions of the body.

Though its main function remains in the beer industry, hops is slowly gaining ground as a medicinal herb. It is time we look into this wonder drug and all that it has to offer. That mug of beer can always wait!

Did you know about hops and its benefits? Have you ever tried it? Share your experience with us right below in the comments section.

Infographic: All About Hops

Hops are popular additives in beers and beverages and prized for their bitterness and unique aroma. Their aroma is wonderful, and their different varieties impart different flavors.

Check out the infographic below to learn more about hops, their popular varieties, their global popularity, and the science behind their delightful flavor and aroma. Scroll down.

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Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

Hops impart a unique flavor and aroma to beer. The benefits of hops can be attributed to their vitamins and flavonoids. They keep the skin young and impart radiance. They also aid in the treatment of leprosy and skin inflammation. Hops reduce hair fall and dandruff as well and may help treat ulcers, improve digestive health, and relieve anxiety and toothaches. They also have analgesic and sedative properties. Hops are also gaining attention as a medicinal herb. You can include them in your diet and enjoy their benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do hops help hair growth?

Hops are rich in silica that may help strengthen the hair follicles and promote hair growth.

Do hops help you lose weight?

Yes. Matured hops extract helps reduce body fat in healthy overweight individuals (7).

Are hops hallucinogenic?

Yes. Hops are a sedative and can produce hallucinogenic effects.

Sources

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  1. Skin Ageing: Natural Weapons and Strategies
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC3569896/
  2. Redox and Anti-Inflammatory Properties from Hop Components in Beer-Related to Neuroprotection
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC8226943/
  3. Humulus lupulus L. as a Natural Source of Functional Biomolecules
    https://www.mdpi.com/2076-3417/10/15/5074/htm
  4. LiverTox: Clinical and Research Information on Drug-Induced Liver Injury
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK548872/
  5. Relaxant effect of Humulus lupulus extracts on isotonic rat’s ileum contractions
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC4103727/
  6. Antioxidants in Hops: Bioavailability Health Effects and Perspectives for New Products
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC8868281/
  7. Matured hop extract reduces body fat in healthy overweight humans: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled parallel group study
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4784395/
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Tanya is an ISSA certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition. She specializes in writing articles on ingredients that benefit skin,... more

Dr. Swati Mutha

(MBBS, DDV)
Dr. Swati Mutha is a clinical and aesthetic dermatologist with over 10 years of experience. She has done her fellowship... more

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