Health Benefits Of Butterfly Pea Tea:
Butterfly pea tea, also called Blue Pea or Darwin Pea, this Butterfly Pea plant is gaining popularity for its vast range of health benefits. Native to Asia, especially Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, this Butterfly Pea Flower is more commonly used as a food dye. There are different herbal tea types with a number of benefits, butterfly pea tea is one among them.
The benefits of Butterfly Pea come from different parts of the plant and it is proposed to have a positive effect on almost all organ systems of our body, ranging from the nervous to circulatory, digestive and reproductive to excretory! It has equally been used in traditional Ayurveda medicines to treat depression, convulsions, stress and improve brain function.
Its flower petal contains anthocyanins that are responsible for antioxidant, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Here are a few preliminary and known advantages of drinking Butterfly Pea Tea.
Memory Booster And Stress Reliever:
Butterfly pea can increase acetylcholine (neurotransmitters in the brain) that enhances memory. It is also thought to be an adaptogen to alleviate stress and anxiety.
Combats Hypertension And Cardiovascular Risk:
It acts as a diuretic, causing the elimination of excess water, thus reducing blood volume and pressure. It may also play a role in reducing triglyceride levels along with LDL cholesterol, thus preventing cardiovascular diseases.
It has shown to cause a reduction in glucose absorption from the gut via inhibiting the alpha-glucosidase enzyme. Therefore, it acts similar to the oral hypoglycemic drug category of alpha-glucosidase inhibitors. Thus, it prevents a spike in blood glucose and consequently blood insulin levels.
It contains cyclotides, peptides that have anti-tumor effects. It can, therefore, cause cancer cell death. However, the effects of Butterfly Pea have been more so studied in the case of lung cancer than others.
Consuming this tea may also play a role in reducing fever (as it has an effect similar to that of paracetamol). It also prevents hair loss, alleviates asthmatic symptoms and improves eye function.
Butterfly Pea Tea Recipe:
Soak 5-6 petals of Butterfly Pea fresh/dried in hot water for 10-15 minutes. Now strain this liquid and transfer to your cup! Enjoy the indigo color tea or add a few drops of lemon juice to see the color change to purple.
Make sure to grab a cup or two/day to benefit from the many advantages of consuming this tea.