Tom Greenthumb Gardening

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Health Benefit of Chamomile Tea

Is there a health benefit of chamomile tea intake? Well, yes. Informative studies on the positive benefits of using natural herbs from the garden are being initiated.

For instance, the substance chamazulene has been studied for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects on cells. Studies on two flavonoid compounds, apigenin and chrysin, explored possible mechanisms for the sedating effect the substance has on rats.

I've stated that my two uses for growing chamomile is for the healthy, calming effect produced by drinking it as a tea, and just for the beauty of the flower. Professional views on the calming effects validate my own experience with this plant.

Among the findings were significant increases in two substances, glycine and hippurate, after study participants drank chamomile tea. Elaine Holmes, a chemist at Imperial College London and one of the study’s authors, explained in an email communication that glycine and other inhibitory amino acid neurotransmitters have been shown to have an antispastic effect.

Tom keeps telling you to use those natural herbs like chamomile, because herbal remedies not only taste great, but they are part of a healthy lifestyle.

“This is one of a growing number of studies that provide evidence that commonly used natural products really do contain chemicals that may be of medicinal value,” Holmes stated for an ACS news release on the study. She added, “The healthcare industry is placing increasing emphasis on functional foods including natural remedies, yet little work has been conducted on the long-term effects of such products on human biology.” The new chamomile tea study provides a method of analysis that allows these effects to be studied more effectively.

There definitely is a health benefit of chamomile tea consumption on the body. Drinking chamomile tea and growing it calms the body and the spirit.


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