Butterfly Pea Flower
Also known as: Clitoria Ternatea Blue Pea Flower, Anchan (Thai), Asia Pigeonwings, blue bellvine, Cordofan Pea, Darwin Pea
Benefits: Antioxidant, Anti-Inflamatory, Fights Glycation, Healthy Hair, Improves Eyesight
Recommended Usage: 125 mg to 250 mg per day.
What is Butterfly Pea Flower ?
Used for centuries in Southeast Asia as a caffeine-free herbal beverage, as well as a plant-based food and clothing dye. Native to Southeast Asia, this dried tea is as common there as chamomile tea is in The West, and is often used in the same way; as an after-dinner drink. In addition to plain tea drinks, the dried leaves are often used in cocktails to create an entertaining effect. It’s served hot or cold, and is usually mixed with honey, ginger, mint or passion fruit.
When consumed with hot or cold water, the taste is usually described as “earthy,” and similar to the flavor of unsweetened green tea.
Our tea is not been used as male enhancement or libido enhancement supplement.
Other Features of Butterfly Pea Flower
Butterfly Pea Flower provides anthocyanin to improve eyesight, treat opthalmitis and eye infections, nourish hair, provide antioxidants and boost body immunity. Many health & beauty products are derived from this flower because of the positive effects of the flavanoid, Quercetin has on skin & hair. The hot or cold tea is extremely thirst quenching and relaxing.
Anthocyanins are highly concentrated in the deep blue pigments of wild Butterfly Pea, which contain higher levels of anthocyanins than many other foods. They belong to a group of natural compounds, called flavonoids, found in the skins of many plants that have high antioxidant capacity and other bioactivity.
Researchers focused on the relationship between anthocyanin consumption and type 2 diabetes by examining data from over 200,000 men and women participating in long-term health studies.
In the study, they found that higher consumption of anthocyanins was associated with lower risk of type 2 diabetes, possibly due to their high content of anthocyanins.
Proanthocyanidin with its high content of the flavonol quercetin improves eyesight, treat opthalmitis & eye infections, nourishes hair & skin, provides antioxidants and boosts body immunity. Clinical research in butterfly pea indicates that it has potential health effects against eye degeneration caused by diabetes, glaucoma, cataract and other eye related problems. It is said that the butterfly pea flower is one of the most valuable natural herbal plants in Thailand.
Top Benefits of Butterfly Pea Flower:
Detoxifies the whole body
Keeps skin glowing & healthy
Stimulates blood circulation
Strengthens the hair for healthy hair growth
Improves eyesight & night vision
Treats eye infections
Enhances immune system
Slows aging process
Reduces skin bruising
Why should you consider Butterfly Pea Flower on a regular basis ?
Butterfly Pea first gained its reputation as a powerful hair strengthener in the traditional Thai medicine. leaves, flowers, seeds, and roots are all used as medicinal herbs.
Age-related disease prevention
The accumulation of advanced glycation end products (AGE’s) formed through glycation of proteins and lipids occurring gradually with aging can cause a decline in the functioning of several organs in the body. Having anti-glycation properties in the tea makes it beneficial for inhibiting the harmful effects of AGE’s, preventing diabetes-associated complications as well as other health problems.
Rich in antioxidants
The presence of flavonoids, anthocyanins and phenolic compounds in the butterfly pea flowers trigger antioxidant activity helping in decreasing oxidative stress caused by the formation of free radicals.
Drinking a cup of the flower tea assists in driving away fatigue owing to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties as shown in some studies.
Good for hair
Studies have shown the flower to be a rich source of anthocyanin – a polyphenol anti-oxidant also found in red grapes, making it much more beneficial to consume as well to apply topically.
Good for eyes
Butterfly Pea Flower is rich in anthocyanins. Its consumption is useful for improved vision as the anthocyanins promote blood circulation helping the eyes adjust to changes in light conditions. Also, it could be an excellent preventive aid for cataracts, retinal damage, and eye infections.
For effects of anthocyanins on night vision, see links to studies/abstracts below.
Effects on skin
One of the common skin problems, premature aging, can be dealt with proanthocyanidins present in the tea that boosts collagen production, increasing the skin elasticity.
Very good for people suffering from chronic fatigue, as it improves vitality.
Anti-Depression and Anti-Anxiety
While evidence is still far from conclusive (see reference to abstract below)…..Clitoria Ternatea appears to possess both anxiolytic and anti-depressive actions, of moderate to weak potency relative to control drugs (Diazepam, Fluoxetine). In test doses of 30-400mg/kg it showed dose-dependence, however.
Clitoria was also able to reduce the biological effects of stress on rats when taken at 400mg/kg, as assessed by stress-induced ulcers. High doses of Clitoria may be adaptogenic.
Improves Memory and Clear Thinking
Nootropic - Low acetylcholine levels can cause loss of memory and coordination as you get older. Butterfly pea improves your thinking and balance naturally because it reverses this process.
The tea has been proven to have analgesic properties (pain relieving properties). See link to study below.
Possible Positive Effects on Diabetes
Researchers focused on the relationship between anthocyanin consumption and type 2 diabetes by examining data from over 200,000 men and women participating in long-term health studies.In the study, they found that higher consumption of anthocyanins was associated with lower risk of type 2 diabetes, possibly due to their high content of anthocyanins.
Prevents excessive menstruation, reproductive disorders, as well as leucorrhoea (white vaginal discharge). Has marked aphrodisiac properties especially for females.
A detailed study conducted on butterfly pea flower extracts showed the presence of peptides exhibiting antimicrobial activity protecting against diseases caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumonia, and Escherichia coli.
To Make Tea With Butterfly Pea Flower:
For a light flavor, take only 2-3 dried butterfly pea flowers to one cup of tea, add boiling water, steep for 10 minutes and enjoy. However, for a stronger taste, add up to 6 dried flowers to one cup of tea, steep for 15-20 minutes. You can always add raw honey, fresh squeezed lemon juice or even stevia to the brew for a sweeter taste.
Also, try adding a few dried Butterfly Pea Flowers to food when cooking. For example, put a few dried flowers in the rice cooker before starting pushing the start button when cooking rice.
Instructions for use: We recommend 125 mg to 250 mg per day.
Allergies: Suitable for vegetarians and contains no yeast, dairy, egg, gluten, corn, soy or wheat. Contains no sugar, starch, salt, preservatives, or artificial color, flavor or fragrance.
Nutritional Value of Butterfly Pea Flower
Links to various abstracts/studies regarding Butterfly Pea Flower:
Inhibitory Effectd of Butterfly Pea Flower on Glycation and Oxidation Dependent Damages – 2015 BMC Complement Alternative Medicine
Anti-Inflamatory study of Butterfly Pea Flower – 2012International Research Journal of Pharmacy
ANTIINFLAMMATOORY, ANALGESIC AND PHYTOCHEMICAL STUDIES OF CLITORIA TERNATEA LINN FLOWER EXTRACT - 2012 International Research Journal of
Clitorial Ternatea and the CNS– 2003 Pharmacol Biochem Behav
Butterfly Pea Morphology, Phenology, Nutraceutical and Pharmaceutical Utilization - 2009 Genet Resour Crop Evol
Anthocyanins from Clitoria ternatea Attenuate Food-Borne Penicillium expansum and its Potential Application as Food Biopreservative – 2017 Woei-Yenn Tong, Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian Institute of Chemical and Bioengineering Technology
Effects of anthocyanins on night vision – 2013 Boston Sight
Vision Health and Anthocyanins – Vision Smart Center, Los Angeles, California
Anthocyanins effect on eyesight and other benefits - Marilyn Sterling, R.D.