10 Health Benefits of Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
You probably know that tea can have incredible health benefits, but it can be overwhelming to pick a tea that’s flavorful and good for you. That’s where Butterfly Pea Flower Tea comes in! With a gorgeous color, taste, and health benefits ranging from anti-aging properties to weight management and a stronger immunity, this tea is the only health and beauty aid you’ll need.
Dried from a gorgeous blue pea flower that grows in Southeast Asia called Clitoria ternatea or Butterfly Pea, many countries have been utilizing this blue caffeine-free tea’s benefits and natural beauty enhancers for years. This tea, a rich blue color when steeped, blooms from deep lavender, deep blue to baby pink as it changes pH levels with the addition of certain ingredients. Use an acid like lemon or lime juice for the lovely purple and a base like hibiscus flower or honey to see the pink! It’s no wonder the beautiful drink has been popular across the world for hundreds of years!
This tie-dyed tea looks pretty on the outside, but its flavor is also deep, rich, and earthy like a quality green tea. If curling up by a fire with a good book had a taste, this would be it. If you’re already interested, it’s not widely available in physical stores, so check out this high-quality option from our site. If you still need some convincing, read on!
We know we’ve made some big claims, so let’s go ahead and break these benefits down... With science!
- Over time, our bodies take in and metabolize a lot of oxygen, leading to cell oxidation and the inundation of something called “free radicals” into the body. These tricky little byproducts are linked to causing diseases and increasing aging effects. Not something anyone wants in their body! Butterfly pea powder is loaded with antioxidants- the kind that fights off these free radicals, slowing down aging at its cause. This gorgeous tea naturally prevents aging, so get to drinking!
Butterfly Pea powder has been renowned for years in the field of Ayurvedic medicine for its limitless uses, and a study published in the Journal of Pharmacy only proved these uses are still relevant today.
In a study determining the effectiveness of a butterfly pea powder solution, researchers discovered that it can “significantly reduce body temperature” when the subject is suffering from a fever. This low-calorie, high-benefit drink may just be the answer if you’re not one to turn to lab-made pharmaceuticals at the first sign of illness.
3) Boosts Immune System
Solutions of this powerful plant were also tested against an array of bacteria and proved to fight against common bacteria when ingested regularly.
This tea is a health must for those long winter months when everyone seems to be full of snot and sniffles. Drink up and give your immune system some help fighting off those nasty bacteria!
4) Keeps Skin Clear & Glowing
With its natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, this elixir not only prevents signs of aging but fights off the bacteria and inflammation that cause acne and uneven complexion!
5) Boosts Metabolism
A healthy, active metabolism is vital for fighting off excess weight gain and for maintaining your weight. If you’re feeling a discouraging plateau in your health journey, your metabolism might just need a proper boost to burn a few more calories! Dr. Irina Radosevic stated, "Blue tea can help this process by boosting the effects of the fat-burning hormone, norepinephrine."
It’s well known that green tea can help give your metabolism a leg up, but butterfly pea tea is even more powerful in this regard! It contains loads of potent antioxidants called catechins.
There are different types of these catechins, but the one to look out for is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) because it is proven to support and enliven our metabolism! Green tea has some of these properties, but the oxidation process used in harvesting and drying can damage those effects. If you’re looking out for your metabolism, grab the blue tea, not the green!
6) Reduces Disease-Causing Fat
Because this tea targets your metabolism to increase calories burned overall, it also aids in getting rid of fat. But there is more than one type of fat!
Subcutaneous fat is held under the surface of the skin, which is what adds pant sizes and can be seen and felt on the outside of the body. However, the more dangerous and disease-causing fat lies inside your body. This is called visceral fat, it pads the space between your organs, and is what leads to diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure among other health issues. It's easiest to "see" this fat in older men who are overall slim but have a prominent "beer belly."
Butterfly pea tea targets that visceral fat and works to get rid of it, meaning over time, this tea packs a punch when it comes to health benefits! Of course, it works best when paired with eating well and exercise and is not a cure for those diseases, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle and adding in Butterfly tea will help knock out that visceral fat better than just cutting back on pizza and sweets.
7) Reduces Stress + Anxiety
Butterfly pea flower has been known to be adaptogenic - helping the body deal with stressors. Its calming effect on the body and mind can be used to reduce stress and anxiety that you're feeling. Clitoria Ternatea has even been shown to possess moderate anxiolytic and anti-depressive effects when tested in the lab.
8) Lowers High Blood Pressure
The importance of this tea in Ayurvedic medicine cannot be overlooked, and for years, this natural compound has remained relatively unknown. However, a recent study in the journal Psychopharmacology has proven that its abundance of theanine (that helpful little enzyme again) was useful for reducing and regulating the blood pressure of the study’s subjects.
9) Fights Insomnia
Because this beautiful tea is made by drying out the leaves of the Clitoria ternatea flower, it is classified as a tisane, a type of herbal tea. Herbal teas like those made from the butterfly pea powder contain no caffeine, and this tea’s ability to stimulate the production of dopamine reduces stress and anxiety that can lead to sleepless nights. Check out how sleep can impact your overall health here!
10) Helps Regulate Blood Sugar
Is there nothing this miracle tea can’t do? In a study published in the Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science, butterfly pea powder proved to reduce and even stabilize levels of blood glucose concentration.
We would never suggest this be your only treatment of diabetes, but for those looking to regulate their blood sugar through dietary means, this tea would be a wonderful addition to your routine!
How to Use Butterfly Tea
The benefits of butterfly pea tea are many, and we didn’t even touch on them all here! So what is the best way to use it? It’s as simple as heating up water, adding in the tea, letting it steep, and enjoying!
For more in-depth recipes and creative ways to use the color-changing properties, check out this blog or the video below.
Where to Buy Butterfly Tea
If you’ve stuck around this long, we won’t make you scroll all the way to the top. Butterfly tea is not yet widely sold in stores, so we just released our very own, Teami Butterfly! The most important thing to look for is quality ingredients for the most potent benefits. Our butterfly blend is sourced with the highest quality ingredients!
If you’re a recent Butterfly Tea lover, let us know on our Instagram @teamiblends and show us your beautiful creations!
Adi Arezzini | @adiarezzini
Co-Founder + CEO, Teami Blends
Certified Holistic Nutrition Coach
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