What is xanthohumol extract? Where does it come from? And how is it used? Xanthohumol has been around for centuries but it is only recently becoming a popular food supplement for people to consume.
What is Xanthohumol Extract?
Xanthohumol is a prenylated flavonoid derived from the female flowers of the hop plant and it has a broad spectrum of biological activity.
There have been various studies and research to find and understand the benefits of xanthohumol extract and what it can do for the body.
Where Does Xanthohumol Extract Come From?
Last century the production of beer started to sky rocket. This meant there was a huge amount of ‘spent’ (or used) hops left over from the production. With all this waste, and the historical use of hops in alternative medicine, people looked for other uses in the health market.
Hop supplements became more popular and when science advanced in the 1990’s it was possible to investigate the exact composition of these hop extracts. Scientists found a range of really interesting compounds.
Amongst other plant chemicals, hop extracts are a rich source of something called xanthohumol which belongs to a class of compounds that contribute to the bitterness and flavour of hops.
This natural flavonoid is the subject of nearly 600 published studies since 1997, making it a very well-studied food supplement.
Xanthohumol can be extracted from hops and sold as a food supplement/extract. Some hop food supplements contain small amounts of xanthohumol, look for a supplement that contains at least 10% xanthohumol.
Xanthohumol from Altruvita
At Altruvita, our hop extract products contain 10% xanthohumol. We have three different products to choose from; Altruvita Xanthohumol+, Xanthohumol+ Skin or Hops and Dreams.