What is chamomile?
Chamomile is a daisy-like plant in the Asteraceae family. It's also one of the most ancient and common herbal medicines. It was revered by the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, and more for it's relaxing and medicinal qualities. Today, chamomile is still widely used and modern studies have supported many of it's perceived benefits. In this article we'll share some of those studies and their findings on chamomile's amazing potential. A cup of chamomile tea
Ease Anxiety and Depression
Probably the most widely talked about benefit of chamomile is the calming effect it has. This study using chamomile extract on 57 patients with mild to moderate generalized anxiety disorder found that after a few weeks they reported reductions in anxiety, depression symptoms, and a greater increase in well-being measures than the placebo group. Also, twice as many people in the placebo group reported any adverse side effects than the chamomile extract group supporting the chamomile being safe.
Antioxidant and Cancer Protection
Chamomile is considered one of the richest dietary antioxidants there is. It contains an antioxidant known as apigenin which has been shown to fight cancer cells, particularly in stomach, breast, uterus, and prostate cancers. This study goes in to great detail about chamomile's potential to affect certain pathways associated with several cancers.
Lessen IBS Symptoms
Irritable bowel syndrome, which is estimated to affect 1 in 7 Americans (including the Soov founder), is a GI disorder with a wide variety of symptoms including stomach pain, irregularity, bloating, and more. With so many symptoms, it can be a very difficult condition to treat. This study used participants with IBS and had half of them taking 20 drops per day of chamomile extract for 4 weeks. By the end of the experiment, they reported significantly reduced symptoms. These results are amazing but one important note is they used chamomile extract and not tea. Chamomile tea may help but it is also somewhat high FODMAP. If you have IBS you've probably heard of FODMAPs, or certain carbs that are hard to digest and can make IBS symptoms worse. These studies use chamomile extract and found positive results so that's why we chose to use chamomile extract and not tea in Soov.
Dried chamomile plants
Chamomile's anti-inflammatory properties may help with digestion and prevent digestive issues. Most of these studies seem to have been done using rats but they have some very promising results. In this one, chamomile prevented stomach ulcers by reducing acid and bad bacteria in the stomach. And in this study, chamomile prevented diarrhea in rats (sorry that's a little gross to think about but promising!).
Another very common use for chamomile is to help you unwind and sleep better. This could also be connected to it's benefits on anxiety and depression which have adverse effects on sleep. Or it could be due to the antioxidant apigenin which may be linked with enhanced sleep too. There haven't been to many studies on chamomile and insomnia, but this study with elderly patients saw their sleep quality significantly improve with 400mg of chamomile daily.
Chamomile can help with insomnia
Lower Blood Sugar
Likely due to it's anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile can strengthen your pancreas from damage which helps the pancreas do it's job producing insulin. Insulin lowers blood sugar. Not only have studies shown it helps lower blood sugar, but also that it inhibited two enzymes that can lead to diabetic symptoms like vision loss and nerve damage.
Lower Blood PressureChamomile has shown some promising results for lowering blood pressure but this may likely be due to it's impact on anxiety and stress. Anxiety and stress has plenty of evidence supporting it's negative impact on blood pressure so it's understandable that if chamomile can reduce those symptoms it will in turn reduce blood pressure. However, chamomile does contain flavonoids which have evidence supporting their benefits in the management of high blood pressure.
As you can see, chamomile has a ton of potential benefits and it's considered safe. So give it a try!