These phytoestrogens help you get to sleep at night and can be of aid to women going through menopause. There are certain foods you can eat which can make a difference, namely leafy greens like spinach, cabbage, kale, broccoli and brussels sprouts. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Start your Independent Premium subscription today.
Drinking IPAs Could Give You Man Boobs and Erectile Dysfunction
IPAs Are Giving You Man Boobs
They go by many names— manmary glands , moobs , chesticles , etc. Known medically as gynecomastia , swollen breast tissue in men is, to say the least, an uncomfortable situation. It is a hormonal imbalance between estrogen and testosterone in the body that can impact men and boys alike with pain, tenderness and even nipple discharge not to mention stares. Though the reason for these imbalances can vary based on the age of the patient—infants, young boys and older males all have different causes—there is a new school of thought that this issue in men may be due to a lifestyle factor: drinking India pale ales IPAs. Hops are a cone-shaped flower, and the female hop plants are used to add a bitter flavor to beer and also act as a preservative because of their antibacterial properties and acidic qualities. IPAs are particularly high in hops.
The hoppy ales contain phytoestrogens, which are compounds that naturally occur in plants. These phytoestrogens help you get to sleep at night and can be of aid to women going through menopause. Hops do contain 8-prenylnaringenin 8-PN , which is a phytoestrogen, which is a plant compound that binds to estrogen receptors. In fact, 8-PN is one of the most potent phytoestrogens, and hop extracts using 8-PN are being studied for a variety of pharmacological uses — from inhibiting breast cancer to helping menopausal women with bone integrity.
Not many people know this, but those hops in your favorite IPA are actually wonderful medicine for insomnia and menopause, thanks to their high phytoestrogen content. These same phytoestrogens, however, might be less desirable for men, as indicated by the common condition known among brewers as Brewer's Droop. In the book Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers, herbalist Stephen Herrod Buhner describes the three standard uses of hops in herbal medicine: as a sleep inducer; as a diuretic that successfully promotes urine flow; and finally, as a natural source of phytoestrogen to treat menopause and endometriosis. The herbalist Susan Weed also refers to hops as a nutritive painkiller, a sleep-inducing herb, and as an effective supplement to boost milk production in lactating women.