Lotus (also known as Nelumbo nucifera) is a plant cultivated mainly in Asia. Parts of this plant and its extracts have been used in traditional medicine for hundreds of years. So, it turns out that tea made from lotus has a lot of nutrients that may promote human health. Read on to find out what is lotus tea and what are lotus tea health benefits.
Lotus tea is an infusion which is made from lotus leaves, roots, flowers, fruit, embryos, or seeds. Lotus itself is cultivated in numerous parts of the world, but it is especially widespread in Asia, including India and Southeast Asia. It grows in water, so people often confuse it with water lilies with a bowl shape with petals and green leaves. Lotus flowers can be white, red, pink, or blue. You can learn more about lotus tea in this article.
The compounds in lotus may have anti-inflammatory properties. Studies prove that such compounds like quercetin and catechin, may help prevent inflammatory processes. Besides, test-tube study using mouse cells showed that lotus seed and leaf extracts decreased the expression of pro-inflammatory genes.
The lotus flower has many flavonoid and alkaloid compounds that can act as antioxidants. Those antioxidants help neutralize free radicals, which damage cells and lead to development of diseases. Such antioxidant compounds in lotus as catechin, chlorogenic acid, and quercetin are especially helpful for human body. Particularly, they can lower risk of cancer, prevent liver damage, and protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
Studies on animals show that compounds in lotus may help lower blood sugar. For instance, one study on rats with gestational diabetes found that a polysaccharide from lotus reduced fasting blood sugar levels.
Several studies found that lotus leaf extract could fight bacterial species that cause cavities and gum infections. So, it can act as an ingredient in toothpaste and other oral hygiene products.
The high fiber content in lotus tea promotes large intestinal peristalsis. It can support smooth digestion and help remove toxins. Besides, lotus tea can trigger the secretion of gastric and digestive juices in the intestine.
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