#Blue Tea – contains antioxidants like flavonoids, catechins, which are said to be instrumental in burning belly fat and aiding weight loss. Also contains anthocyanin a compound known to increase blood circulation.

Blue Tea is made by seeping dried butterfly-pea flowers in water and can be enjoyed both hot and cold. It is also said to have weight loss benefits.

Highlights

● Blue tea is made by seeping dried butterfly-pea flowers in water.

● Blue Tea is said to have detox and weight loss benefits

● Blue Tea is caffeine-free and a good alternative to tea or coffee.

Herbal teas have a lot of takers nowadays, as more and more people come to know about the potential side effects of caffeinated drinks like regular tea and coffee. A number of herbal teas have made their mark on tea lovers across the world, including those made from flowers like chamomile and blue pea. While chamomile is very well-known for its mild and soothing flavour that acts as a stress buster, tea made from blue pea flowers is not that well known. Dried blue pea flowers yield a brew that is stunning in colour and that can be enjoyed cold or hot. Blue tea, made from blue pea flowers, also has a number of health benefits. Some people even use blue tea for weight loss, other than its antioxidant properties and its ability to fight stress.

The plant is native to equatorial Asia. The flower is commonly used in cooking, baking, and drinks and as a natural food colouring. The Clitoria Ternatea is also used in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.

Blue tea, or butterfly pea flower tea, is a caffeine-free herbal concoction, made by seeping dried or fresh leaves of the Clitoria ternatea plant. The best thing about the blue tea is that it is absolutely caffeinne-free, and it is packed with antioxidants.

Blue tea has been around in the market for ages. The blue tea leaves are now becoming more easily and widely available for consumption .

Traditionally used as an aphrodisiac particularly for women and used to treat problems associated with menstruation as well as leucorrhoea (white vaginal discharge).

The butterfly-pea is also known as blue pea or pigeonwings and it is plant common to most South East Asian countries. The deep blue colour of the flower’s petals has traditionally been used to make dye. The tea is popular in Thailand and Vietnam, where it is served post dinner, usually with lemon and honey added to it. Adding lemon juice to the tea changes the pH of the drink, making it change colour from deep blue to purple. The tea leaves are also used to change colour in cocktails as well. The tea leaves are also used to change colour in cocktails as well.

Butterfly pea vine has been used in Ayurveda as well as traditional Asian and Middle Eastern medicine for centuries. Its health benefits (improved memory, balanced mood, and a healthy immune system) are increasingly supported by modern science.

Weight Loss and other Benefits of Blue Tea

~ Blue tea contains catechins, which are said to be instrumental in burning belly fat and aiding weight loss. Drinking butterfly-pea flowers seeped in warm water is said to be an effective way to rev up the metabolism, which in turn, makes the body burn more calories.

A known Anxiolyhic – reduces stress and anxiety – calming effect. Relaxes smooth vascular muscle aiding blood flow.

☆ Here are some other Benefits of blue tea

● Anti-inflammatory – the deep blue flowers contain flavonoid pigments similar to blue berries, acai berry, mangosteen rind etc. that protect the plant. When you inject the flower the effect is remarkably similar to the anti-inflammatory effect to the plant in nature.

● Strengthens the hair for healthy hair growth/prevent hair loss and greying.

● The tea is rich in antioxidants, which makes it a great beverage to include in your detox diet. Antioxidants protect the body against free radical action.

● The earthy flavour of butterfly-pea flower tea is said to be a mood enhancer. The tea is said to have stress busting effects that may also help reduce symptoms of anxiety. It is also known to refresh the brain and helps keep you energised and happy throughout the day.

The blue butterfly vine flower, rich in bioflavinoids, has been used traditionally to promote hair growth, thicken the hair and reduce greying of the hair.

● Blue tea is said to help in losing water weight as it is a natural diuretic drink.

● Aids diabetic activity by inhibiting glucose intake from the diet.

● Noted anti-cancer and anti-tumor abilities resulting from cyclotides that cause cell death by distrupting cell membrane integrity.

● Anti-pyretic-reduces fever by dilating the blood vessels just beneath the skin which increases blood flow near the surface of the skin where it can be more easily cooled by the air.

Possesses anti-cancer properties. Keeps skin glowing & healthy. Treat urinary problem. Improves eyesight & night vision. Treat eye infections.

● Detoxifies the whole body.

● Enhances memory.

● Enhances immune system.

● Loaded with antioxidants – that helps boost circulation and collagen production and prevent premature aging. It’s been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine as memory enhancer, a stress alleviator, to lift the mood, and it is believed to balance blood sugar levels.

● Blue tea is also said to have a role in regulating blood sugar levels, although there is not much scientific evidence to suggest that it is helpful in managing diabetes.

Nootropic – enhances cognitive functions including heightening intelligence and enhancing memory via acetylcholine localised to the hippocampus.

~ Blue tea is helpful in managing fatty liver diseases and reducing levels of cholesterol in blood, but there is not enough research that suggests the same.

Blue Tea for Hair, Skin and Beauty

The benefits of having blue tea are not limited to internal benefits alone, although those are definitely advantageous.

Blue tea has a number of merits for the skin, hair, and overall beauty too. Here are some of them:

The presence of the antioxidant, proanthocyanidin, helps to improve eyesight by increasing blood flow in the capillaries of the eyes which also allows the eyes to adjust to changes in light and improves vision. The blue butterfly pea vine flowers have been shown to effectively prevent cataracts and glaucoma, correct blurred vision, and reverse retinal damage as well as soothing inflamed and tearing eyes.

● The tea is well-known for its anti-aging benefits, due to its high antioxidant content. This makes the skin look younger and helthier from within.

● Blue tea is said to be great for the skin, due to its claimed anti-glycation effects, which figth skin aging. The flavonoids present in blue tea may also stimulate collagen production.

Pain relief – Analgesic – helps to relieve pain to the extent it is used as a local anaesthetic.

Stress-relieving properties of blue tea are also helpful in overall maintainenace of skin and beauty.

● The flavonoids present in blue tea may also stimulate collagen production, helping develop and maintain skin elasticity.

● Blue pea flower is excellent for the hair too, as it contains anthocyanin -a compound known to increase blood circulation in the head and therefore maintain a healthy scalp. It also helps in strengthening the hair follicles from within.

Are There Any Side Effects of Having Blue Tea?

Antioxidants i blue butterfly pea flower stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis helping to rejuvenate the skin, reduce wrinkles and other effects of aging skin

~ Blue tea can be a great alternative for caffeinated beverages like tea or coffee and you may consume it as such, in order to reduce your caffeine intake.

~ There aren’t any known side effects of blue tea, as it is supposed to be extremely safe and super healthy to consume.

~ However, over consumption of the tea may cause nausea and diarrhea.

Diuretic – promotes excretion of water (urination) which decreases blood volume thereby lowering blood pressure, also used for fasting but typically weight loss.

~ Pregnant and lactating women are also advised against consumption of the beverage, unless consulted with their doctor. But it is always advisable to consult a doctor before consuming blue tea.

~ So, begin your weight loss journey by consuming this healthy and beautiful beverage.

References: food.ndtv.com /mybluetea.com

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