For centuries, people who felt stressed or sick have tried drinking chamomile tea as a therapeutic cure. Now, researchers in England have found new proof that the popular chamomile tea may truly help relieve many health ailments, which comprises menstrual cramps and colds, as well as it also helps in weight loss. “This is one of an increasing number of studies that provide evidence that commonly used natural products do contain chemicals that may be of medicinal value,” says study leader, chemist Elaine Holmes, Ph.D., Imperial College London. “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 experts found that drinking chamomile tea was linked with a considerable increase in urinary levels of hippurate, a breakdown item of certain plant-based elements known as phenolics, some of which have been linked with increased antibacterial activity. Researchers say this could help explain why tea can boost the immune system and fight infections associated with colds. Drinking the tea also was related to an increase in urinary levels of glycine, an amino acid that is likely to relieve muscle spasms. This may clarify why chamomile tea appears to be useful in relieving menstrual cramps in women, possibly by relaxing the uterus, say the researchers. Glycine can also serve as a nerve relaxant, which may also elucidate why chamomile tea seems to act as a very mild sedative, the scientists added. Glycine supplements are sold in stores for that purpose, they further add.
Many researchers are of the opinion that Chamomile tea will not only kick illnesses to the curb; however, it also works as the best preventive measure. According to research published recently, Chamomile tea has antispasmodic and pain-relieving properties. It relaxes the uterus and at the same time, decreases the generation of prostaglandins, hormone-like substances that cause pain and inflammation.