Clitoria ternatea Health Benefits

I recently discovered Biocyc, a website listing health benefits of plants and flowers. As you may know, our Bluechai’s Blue Tea is made blue butterfly pea flowers and lemongrass Biocyc lists infos on Taxonomic lineage, species and pathways of this tea on

I’ve discovered an interesting post on clitoria ternatea on I drink butterfly pea flower tea listing the tea’s health benefits and a tea recipe for blue tea.

BlueChai Blue Tea

Butterfly Pea Tea wild blue herbal flower tea (Proanthocyanidins)

Blue Butterfly Pea is an ancient Asian herbal plant. Its flower has three different colors white, blue, and purple. Not only beautiful, Butterfly Pea first gained its reputation as a powerful hair strengthener in the traditional Asian medicine. leaves, flowers, seeds, and roots are all used as medicinal herbs. According to Asian culture & folklore, butterfly pea flowers are squeezed to make Bluechai tea, and as a coloring for Asian desserts in blue and purple colors. It also 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, said Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health and the studys lead author.
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 Asia.
Benefits: Natural anti-oxidant, improves blood circulation. helps prevent hair loss and graying hair. Cleanses blood, & improves night vision, revitalizes skin & hair. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Source: Clitoria ternatea is a twining evergreen perennial herb with compound leaves. The stems are pubescent and spindly. The flowers are in various shades of blue or pure white. The fruits are pods resembling thin peas. The plants belong to the family Fabaceae. The roots, seeds and flowers have medicinal value and are used to treat various ailments (Gomez and Kalamani, 2003). In the present study the levels of some nonenzymic antioxidants namely ascorbic acid, reduced glutathione and total carotenoids were estimated in leaves and flowers of two varieties of Clitoria ternatea,one bearing blue flowers and the other bearing white flowers.

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