Hop Leaves Discarded In Beer Brewing Could Protect Your Teeth

It is well understood that the hops used in beer brewing are what gives beer its bitterness and distinctive aroma. However recent research suggests that the leaves of the hop may in fact offer dental protective properties which include antioxidants that may protect dental cavities and gum disease. The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry have apparently identified the specific substances that deliver these protective effects. These were identified as bracts, which are antioxidant polyphenols that limit oxidative reactions. The bracts seemed to prevent bacteria from adhering to teeth and thus releasing bacterial toxins accumulating. Considering approx 30,000 tons of hops are harvested for beer production in the US every year, that leaves a lot of bracts that can be used for dental applications. Lets put them to good use!


American Chemical Society, (2014). Hop leaves — discarded in beer brewing — have substances that could fight dental diseases. Retrieved 20th March, 2014, from http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/presspacs/2014/acs-presspac-march-5-2014/Hop-leaves-discarded-in-beer-brewing-have-substances-that-could-fight-dental-diseases.html

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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