Before modern medicine, it was common to reach for a sprig of mint, a rosehip or a few camomile flowers if you wanted to help tackle health woes! But do herbal infusions – warming drinks made from herbs and flowers – really have any role in today’s complex health landscape? This was the topic of a research review, commissioned by the Tea Advisory Panel (TAP) and published in International Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences, which combined the results of ten clinical trials involving more than 550 participants. The international studies including the UK, focused on the emerging health benefits of five common herbal tea infusions, namely chamomile, ginger, lemon balm, rosehip and peppermint/spearmint.
The research review in summary included:
A thorough review of 10 gold standard trials looking at the daily consumption of different herbal tea infusions at intakes of one to three cups daily in relation to various health and wellness areas including:
More research is needed. Read the full paper here: https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/NFS-08-2019-0263/full/html)
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