Love chamomile tea? You’ll probably love it even more after hearing about the results of this study.
Why? Because a recent investigation conducted by the University of Texas showed that chamomile may actually help extend life.
The results of the study were published in the journal The Gerontologist.
Chamomile is one of the most popular herbs on the planet. And for good reason. It tastes great and it has a medical reputation that goes back thousands of years.
For the current study, researchers analyzed data from 1,677 Mexican-Americans living in five different states. The study examined the effect of chamomile tea intake on the risk of death in Hispanics aged 65 or older.
According to the results of the study, 14% of participants drank chamomile tea. Of these, the risk of death was 29% lower from all causes, compared to non-drinkers. The results only held true for women.
While this is the first study to reveal a longevity effect for chamomile tea, the results are not too surprising. Previous research can attest to its many health benefits.
Chamomile has an array of anti-aging and health-supporting nutrients. Some of the most notable include luteolin, rutin, caffeic acid, and quercetin. In addition, chamomile contains the antioxidant apigenin, which has been shown to have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
Chamomile lowers blood sugar, blood pressure, and it has blood thinning properties — effects which could ultimately decrease the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Additionally, chamomile may show promise in alleviating common health problems including indigestion, ulcers, insomnia, anxiety, hemorrhoids, and eczema, making it a versatile herb.