[permaculture] re hops
SArjuna at aol.com
SArjuna at aol.com
Mon Apr 14 14:15:22 EDT 2008
A beer belly is not the only effect drinking hopped beer. If you want
to know all about the effect on men of hops and other plants that contain
estrogens, read Stephen Buhner's great book Vital Man.
"...the young women who picked hops in the fields commonly experienced
easrly menstrual periods...Hops is ...one of the most powerfully estrogenic
plants on earth. ...3.5 oz. contains 30,000 to 3000,000 IU of estrogens... most
of it the very potent estrogen estradiol. Estradiol...causes a direct
lowering of testosterone levels in the testes and an increase in SHBG levels, which
then binds up even more free testosterone in the bloodstream."
Black cohosh, black licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) and grapefruit should
also be avoided by males.
Celery, parsley and pine nuts are among foods that are highly beneficial
Reduced testosterone and androgen levels in men lead to "male
menopause," with many of the same symptoms as female menopause. (Also to inflamed
prostate and prostate and testicular cancer.) Symptoms include: reduced libido,
disturbed sleep, depression, fatigue, irritability, heartdisease,
athersclerosis, osteoporosis, thinning skin, slow wound heaslingk joint pain/inflammation,
poor memory/concentration, muscle weakness. Even hot flashes.
Buhner also discusses hops in his book Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers.
They were actually added to beer for far different purposes than is
commonly understood, after a lengthy battle over it.
Make your own hops-free beer!
I've never liked beer at all. Turns out that I don't like the bitter
hops. I am now making beer, after reading Buhner's book, and really enjoying
it. So far I have made ginger, wood nettle, rice and sarsaparilla.
Shivani in WI
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