Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hops: To Eat or Not to Eat

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Are Hops Safe to Eat?

Hops are an increasingly popular vine that many home gardeners are establishing in their gardens, whether it's to make a home brew or provide a unique source of shade in the yard. Are these edible flowers more versatile than we think, and are they really safe to eat?

Medicinal Value of Hops

According to WebMD.com, hops are a useful component in treating many medical disorders. Some of the more recognizable disorders include:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Bladder Infections
  • Cramps
  • Indegestion
  • Insomnia
  • Nerve Pain
  • Tension
  • Various Cancers


*Of course, with any treatment, a doctor should always be consulted first.

When Not to Eat Hops

While hops may be beneficial to some, not everyone should eat them because more research needs to be done to ensure their safety during different situations. Do not eat hops during the following:

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Depression
  • 2 Weeks before Surgery