Did you know… the secret to living a longer and healthier life may be so simple? As simple as drinking a cup of chamomile tea?*
The Tea Blog kicks off the first post in our “Healing Herbs (& Spices!)” series. We’re investigating the science behind nature’s herbal medicines. Are the claims true? Let’s find out.
Chamomile Tea and Longevity
A 2015 study by Howrey et al. published in The Gerontologist supports this. The scientists examined over 1,600 Mexican-American senior citizens. They noted that 14% of their subjects consumed chamomile.
The ladies who drank chamomile tea had a 29% decreased mortality rate. That means those women had a lower risk of death–from ANY cause. Moreover, these findings persisted after the researchers accounted for demographics, health conditions, and health behaviors. In short, the chamomile-drinking women were just living longer! (Sadly, the gents who had chamomile did not benefit as much as the ladies. Sorry, fellas.)
Chamomile Tea and Immunity
Plus, a study from 2005 in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry by Wang et al. was quite interesting. These scientists found drinking chamomile tea may boost immunity. Participants who drank it for two weeks excreted more hippurate and glycine in their urine. (These chemicals have been linked to higher antibacterial activity in the body.) Interestingly, this increased immune response continued up to 2 weeks after the subjects had stopped drinking their tea.
Chamomile and History
If you needed more… humans have used chamomile for centuries. It’s common in tea form as a mild sleep aid. Additionally, it’s a treatment for fevers, colds, and stomach problems. Overall, chamomile is an effective general anti-inflammatory. It may be used internally, or externally, as needed.
If you like science and want to learn more, then we’ve got one more article for you. It’s “Chamomile: A Herbal Medicine of the Past with Bright Future” by Srivastava et al. This last study comes from the journal Molecular Medicine Reports. So cool, right?
Chamomile Tea and You
Psssst! Did you also know that CommuniTea Center has a great selection of herbal teas that contain chamomile?
Plus, we have organic chamomile tea all by itself–just the lovely, fragrant blossoms, with nothing added!
Hmmm… If chamomile may help the ladies live longer and better, then let’s put the kettle on now!! Cheers!
Please note: We do not recommend chamomile tea for pregnant ladies or for anyone with ragweed allergies.
*And please, please, please: consult a doctor before using any nutritional product, including chamomile tea. But especially if you’re pregnant, nursing, taking other medications or supplements, or have any illness! The statements in the Tea Blog have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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