Top 5 health benefits of chamomile tea
Want to know why sipping a hot cup of chamomile tea can make you feel better? Nutritionist Nicola Shubrook explores the benefits.
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What is chamomile tea?
One of the oldest herbs recorded and a member of the Asteraceae family, there are two common varieties of chamomile with are used for tea – German (Chamomilla recutita) and Roman (Chamaemelum nobile). The plant produces small, daisy-like flowers that are dried and steeped in water to make a tea.
Chamomile tea benefits may include:
1. It may have sedative effects and help to improve sleep quality.
2. It may help those with mild anxiety.
3. It may help to regulate blood sugar levels in those with type 2 diabetes.
4. It may soothe muscle spasms in the gut and prevent issues caused by bacteria.
5. It's rich in antioxidants which are known to benefit heart health.
Discover our full range of health benefit guides including the health benefits of green tea, raspberry leaf tea, ginger tea and rooibos tea. Add more chamomile in your diet with our delicious chamomile tea with honey or gooseberry and chamomile jam.
Top 5 health benefits of chamomile tea
1. Sleep supportive
Chamomile tea is well-known for its sleep inducing properties, this may be due to its phytonutrient content, specifically a compound called apigenin, which is believed to have sedative effects. A 2015 study found that drinking chamomile tea helped postpartum women improve their depression and sleep quality.
2. May ease anxiety
Research suggests chamomile may be beneficial for those struggling with mild anxiety, although more research is needed in this area.
3. May be beneficial for those with diabetes
Chamomile may help improve blood sugar regulation in those with diabetes, it’s thought it may do this by supressing blood sugar levels and helping to improve liver glycogen storage.
One study of 64 adults with type 2 diabetes, who drank three cups of chamomile tea a day for eight weeks, showed a significant decrease in their HbA1C markers (a marker used as an indicator for diabetes), as well as improved glycaemic control and blood lipid profile.
4. May help with digestive issues
Research suggests that chamomile may help to reduce smooth muscle spasms in the gut, which may benefit those with inflammatory digestive issues such as diverticulitis and oesophageal reflux. It may also offer preventative measures against a fairly common bacteria known as H. Pylori (or Helicobacter Pylori) which can contribute to stomach ulcers.
5. May support heart health
Chamomile is rich in compounds called flavonoids, these have antioxidant properties and appear to be beneficial for both cholesterol management and blood pressure.
Is chamomile tea suitable for everyone?
Chamomile tea is considered safe for most people, although some individuals have reported an allergy to chamomile, especially if they already have a daisy allergy (which includes plants such as ragweed and chrysanthemums).
Summary: so is chamomile tea good for you?
Overall, it appears that sipping chamomile tea may contribute to a healthy heart, lower blood pressure, better quality sleep and reduced anxiety. Not to mention the benefits to gut health.
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Nicola Shubrook is a nutritional therapist and works with both private clients and the corporate sector. She is an accredited member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). Find out more at urbanwellness.co.uk.
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