Hops extract and hops oil have activity against the Gram-positive bacteria (Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus) and the fungus Trichophyton mentagrophytes var. interdigitale, but almost no activity against the Gram-negative bacterium Escherichia coli and the yeast Candida albicans (Langezaal et al 1992). A review of the antimicrobial properties concluded that hops were also effective against the parasite Plasmodium falciparum and a range of viruses including HSV types 1 and 2, cytomegalovirus and HIV (Gerhauser 2005a). The mechanism of anti-HIV activity is not fully understood, but it is thought that the flavonoid xanthohumol may inhibit transcription (Wang et al 2004).

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