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MBAA TQ doi:10.1094/TQ-46-2-0416-01  |  VIEW ARTICLE

Martin Biendl. Hopsteiner, Auhofstr. 16, 84048 Mainburg, Germany.

Abstract
In Germany, hop was recently recognized as the “Medicinal Plant of the Year.” This is reason enough to take a closer look at this ancient, cultured plant, which is predominantly known for its role in beer brewing. This paper discusses the history of hop as a medicinal plant and provides a review of recent research on its health benefits. The hop plant is a valuable and untapped resource for interesting developments in nutra­ceuticals, dietary supplements, and other health-promoting products. Moreover, raw hop materials are a key to a better understanding of the possible health-related benefits of moderate beer consumption.

Keywords: hop bitter acids, hop polyphenols, hops, medicinal plant 

Síntesis
El lúpulo recibió este ańo en Alemania la distinción de ser “La Planta Medicinal del Ańo.” Aquí se repasa la historia de esta antigua planta medicinal y se reporta sobre las investigaciones recientes con respecto a los beneficios saludables del lúpulo. La planta de lúpulo es un recurso valioso, y poco aprovechado, con usos interesantes en “nutraceuticos,” suplementos a la dieta, y otros productos que promueven una vida saludable. Es más, esta materia prima es clave para el mejor entendimiento de los posibles beneficios a la salud como consecuencia de un moderado consumo de cerveza.

Palabras claves: ácidos amargos del lúpulo, lúpulo, plantas medicinalesm, polifenoles del lúpulo

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