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Do hops give you estrogen?

Do hops give you estrogen?

Hops are the female flowers of the hop plant and have high levels of phytoestrogen, or estrogen for plants. Hops were historically used in herbal medicine pre-1500s to treat insomnia and as a source of phytoestrogen to help with menopause and endometriosis among women.

Do hops cause estrogen?

However, a recurring suggestion has been that hops have a powerful estrogenic activity and that beer may also be estrogenic. We have identified a potent phytoestrogen in hops, 8-prenylnaringenin, which has an activity greater than other established plant estrogens.