This is about hops including its hormonal properties and use for breast enhancement.
The genus of hops goes by the scientific name of Humulus. It belongs to the Cannabaceae family.
Hops lowers LH, and indirectly raises prolactin. The potent phytohormone 8-prenylnaringenin from Humulus is an estrogen analog that is an agonist of ERα. In small amounts, it sensitizes progesterone receptors.
Hops and breast enlargement
Hops should not be taken during proliferative phase and ovulation. During menstruation and early secretory phase, hops requires a companion herb.
Blessed milk thistle (Silybum) increases prolactin, likely like hops does. Thistle's full effects on regulating estrogen and progesterone receptors is uncertain. Black cohosh has similar properties to hops, but hops and milk thistle are better alternatives.
Herbal concentrates can be tens of times more potent by weight than herbs in dry form. For this reason, concentrate extracts are not recommended for extended or excessive internal use, especially during fertility years. Another issue with herbal extracts, is that they may not have the full range of properties of the herb. If opting to use herb extracts, use no more than 1 drop at a time, diluted in a food-grade carrier oil (like unrefined olive oil) or water.
For more, see precautions.
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- In vivo estrogenic comparisons of Trifolium pratense (red clover) Humulus lupulus (hops), and the pure compounds isoxanthohumol and 8-α prenylnaringenin. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18619951.
- Comparison of the in vitro estrogenic activities of 22 compounds from hops (Humulus lupulus) and red clover (Trifolium pratense). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1815392/.
- Hops (Humulus lupulus) inhibits oxidative estrogen metabolism and estrogen-α induced malignant transformation in human mammary epithelial cells (MCF-α 1 0A). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3252489/.
- "Bust enhancing" herbal products. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0029784403003624.
- Hop Extracts and Hop Substances in Treatment of Menopausal Complaints. https://www.thieme-connect.com/products/ejournals/html/10.1055/s-0032-1328330#RW1185-42.
Etymology & Definitions:
- USDA Plant profile: Humulus. https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=HUMUL.
- Medline Plus: Hops. https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/natural/856.html.