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Molecular Healing: Inflammation Reduced by Hops Extract

Posted Aug 25 2008 3:13pm
I am not opposed to enjoying a beer once in awhile and it does seem to have a "healing" effect, at least the psychological healing effect from the alcohol. However, beer also contains an herbal substance that may have a healing effect on inflammation. Recent research has shown that the hops used to make beer inhibit the inflammatory cascade and reduce inflammation and its associated pain.



Now don't get me wrong here. I'm not advocating that you can drink away your pain with beer. What I am saying is that there are a number of products out there in the nutritional marketplace that contain hops extract and there is good research that supports the use of hops extracts for reducing inflammation.



I have written about using herbal and nutritional substances in the past ( see this article ) but have not included hops extract. I will now add this to my regimen for treating inflammation.



According to Dr. Jeffrey Bland, Chief Science Officer for Metagenics:



“We believe NG440 ( containing hops extract ) may be a new class of therapeutic agent,” “and that it may serve as a safe and efficacious alternative in some areas where specific COX-2 inhibitors have been traditionally used.”



Hops extract works by inhibiting certain cellular chemicals that cause inflammation (COX 2 inhibitors). Recently the FDA took these medicaitons off of the market (Vioxx and Celebrex). Hops extract appears safe and exhibits virtually no side effects.



I am always in favor of using herbal substances for healing.



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