When asked, most people would probably know the most common use of Hops as being used to make beer. Which is true! But Hops have a much longer and perhaps less known history in medicine as well as in the leisure industry!
Hops are harvested from a climbing vine, grown in northern Europe since the ninth century. Germany is the largest producer.
The main harvest is for a part of the plant called a strobile, which is a cone-like flower structure. Only female strobiles are harvested for medicinal use.
Hops have been used medicinally most commonly to treat mild anxiety and to help promote more restful sleep. This can be achieved through the heated aroma, or through ingestion of the ingredient in capsule form.
A substance called lupulin was isolated from hops in 1813, and anecdotal reports claimed that it was the lupulin that was responsible for sleep inducement. This came, at the time, under some contraversy from medicinal protesters claiming this was a fluke and the ingredient had no effect. However, much later, in 1983, a substance was purified from lupulin which showed to produce a sedative effect in some studies. The path of interaction is said to be this particular lupulin extraction compound inducing the natural sleep mechanisms in the body.
Working on its own however would bring about limited use for perhaps a shorter time period. This is because the body soon becomes very used to the single use of one ingredient, especially at higher dose. However, as research continued on hops then being nixed with other ingredients, the most common compatibility seemed to be with Valerian for best results. This combination has shown changes in people’s brainwave activity consistent with sleep induction.
A randomised controlled trial compared valerian with the valerian plus hops in people with known insomnia tendencies. Those taking the combination product took less time to fall asleep than those taking the individual compounds. Timing for the ingredients to work will differ from person to person, dependent on individual mechanisms and other lifestyle factors, and hence dosage may also vary.
However, in adults with chronic insomnia, studies have shown sleep quality to have improved by over 60 percent.
As well as sleep, these ingredients can contribute to help for mild anxiety.
Our Neuro-Natural Sleep and our Neuro-Natural Serenity contain both these ingredients, plus many others for long-term use and compatibility for better effect, to help reduce stress, bring about natural relaxation, and help improve rest. These can be used at anything from 3-6 per day, depending on th level of help needed.
Along with appropriate dietary changes and a good generally healthy lifestyle, these formulas could help you to avoid some of the most addictive drug types prescribed, anti-depressants and tranquillisers, and improve your life with a more natural approach. Improvements with these formulas usually occur within a few weeks, but some people notice more immediate improvement, again depending on individual circumstance and medication.