In a recent study published in the journal The Gerontologist, a team of scientists from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston discovered that the consumption of chamomile tea is associated with a lower risk of death in women aged over 65 years from a Mexican-American background.
Chamomile is one of most used medicinal plants and is recommended for many health-related applications. In Mexico and among Mexican-Americans, chamomile is widely used. The researchers tracked the effects of chamomile and the cause of death for a period of seven-years in a population of Mexican-Americans.
They examined information from 1,677 men and women from a population-based study of Mexican-Americans aged 65 and older from five Southwestern states, including Texas named, Hispanic Established Populations for Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly.
The results showed that 14% of the individuals had a regular consumption of chamomile tea, and that compared to non-drinkers, chamomile tea drinking on a regular basis was related to a 29% decrease in the risk of death from all causes among women bout not among men.
The reasons behind this association between chamomile tea consumption and decreased risk of mortality from all causes remains unclear. Evidence from recent studies have determined that the herb is beneficial in conditions such as upset stomach, anxiety disorder, hyperglycemia, and diabetic complications.
The herb is also widely known to have anti-inflammatory, cholesterol-lowering, antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-platelet effects. Based on this evidence, future studies should examine the exact pathway by which chamomile reduces mortality.