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Xanthohumol is a powerful flavonoid found in hops, but how did we come to find out about it?

The History of Hops

The joy of drinking beer and art of brewing is over 5500 years old. Historical findings concluded that the origin of hops was in Asia, and from a botanical point of view, China is considered the place of origin. The Slavic tribes were the first to cultivate and use hops for preserving and seasoning beer, beginning in 1500 to 1000 BC and then other countries began to use hops for brewing purposes as well. Beer was drunk right across the Roman Empire. Many monasteries became popular for their hopped beers during the Middle Ages. The trade of beer has grown drastically due to the expansion of the towns and it was the main drink along with food at that time. In Germany from 1320–30 AD, hopped beer was usually preferred. Later in the 14th century, Belgium’s hop crop grew in importance, and northern German towns benefited from the sale of their hopped beer.

What were hops used for?

Apart from making beer, the medicinal uses of hops were discovered over the centuries and made their route into traditional medicine. Hops were used for the treatment of many conditions, like liver disease, foot odour, leprosy, disturbances in sleep, constipation, and for catharsis of blood.

Hop Supplements

Due to the commercialisation of hops from the 1990s onwards, the production of hops dramatically increased. This meant there was a huge amount of spent (or used) hops leftover. These are a rich source of the flavonoid xanthohumol. Xanthohumol can be extracted and sold as a food supplement, but is not entirely new to the market. Scientists have known about this natural flavonoid for many years and is the subject of more nearly 600 published studies on Pubmed since 1997, making it a very well-studied food supplement. Xanthohumol has a broad spectrum of biological activity.

Some food supplements contain small amounts of active ingredients, look for a hop extract which contains a higher concentration of xanthohumol than hops naturally contain to get the most out of this well researched flavonoid.

Before you consider drinking more beer, drinking 100’s of pints a day wouldn’t even provide the same amount of xanthohumol!

At Altruvita we offer three hop extracts containing 10% Xanthohumol

Each of our hop products is approved as Vegan and Vegetarian by the Vegetarian society.