Whatever your opinion and attitude towards beer may be, it works as a natural menopause and early menopause treatment and it is proved scientifically.
According to recent studies, phytoestrogens that are contained in beer are the key component that have relation to menopause symptoms. They are estrogen-like plant compounds, so they bind to estrogen receptors and, thus, provide a mild estrogenic effect on the organism. Or course, they are not as strong as regular estrogen, but as estrogen levels decline in menopausal women, this boost of estrogen has a balancing effect on the organism. So, phytoestrogens in hosp (of beer) can alleviate hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, improve bone density and the general quality of life for menopausal women.
The phytoestrogen in hops is called 8-prenylnaringenin (8PN), and is stronger than other estrogens studied so far. It is present in beer, but levels are low compared to levels in plant extracts. 8PN is a flavone. It has been found in the animal model to have milder but similar effects to estradiol. The hops flavone also had a stimulating effect on the uterus.
Scholars have also found hops to have an anti-inflammatory effect. Compounds in hops have an effect similar to regular pain killers like ibuprofen, but with less of a disturbing impact on the gastrointestinal system.
Hops has also been proved to be an antioxidant. It reduces insulin resistance and, possibly, can have anti tumor properties. Hops was found to inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells ‘in vitro’, or in the lab, paving the way for further studies to be done. Hops should not be taken by people with depression however, according to traditional herbalists.
And by traditional herbalists hops has more typically been used by for its sedative effect. It’s great for sleep disorders, and also for nervous gastrointestinal and stomach disorders. It is stimulating to the stomach, and has been used for anorexia, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, dysmenorrhoea and amenorrhoea, etc.