Chamomile Tea Can Help You Live Longer, Study Shows, Which Is Great News For Tea Lovers

HARROGATE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: A waitress pours tea at Bettys Tea Room, Harlow Carr on February 12, 2009 in Harrogate, England. The family owned company Taylors of Harrogate have been producing it's blends of teas and coffee since 1886 and serving it's products at the famous and traditional Bettys Tea Shops. Despite recent increases in the price of tea and the surge of coffee shops, the 'cuppa' is proving to be as popular as ever with bookings in Britain's discerning tea rooms being made weeks in advance. Consumption also increases during a recession as tea lovers take solace drinking tea. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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If chamomile tea has long since been a favorite of yours, I have good news. According to a recent study published in the journal The Gerontologist, drinking chamomile could decrease the risk of death from many causes in women.

In an effort to examine the effects of chamomile tea on causes of death, U.S. researchers tracked 1,677 Mexican-American women and men from the ages 65 and above for seven years. They found that compared with non-tea drinkers, consuming chamomile was associated with a 29 percent decrease in risk of death from all kinds of causes among women — even after adjusting for variations in demographics, health conditions, and health behaviors.

It should come as no huge surprise that chamomile in particular can cause all kinds of benefits. It’s one of the oldest and most-widely used and medicinal plants in the world, and has long since been recommended for a variety of afflictions, including upset stomachs, diabetic complications, and anxiety disorders. In addition to its traditional health-boosting elements though, the new study proves that it’s also associated with decreased mortality for older females.

For some unknown reason, the same effect was not found in men. Researchers were unable to pinpoint why that was the case, although women were shown to be more frequent users of chamomile than men.  In any case, it should come as good news for all those tea lovin’ ladies out there. It seems that chamomile addiction is finally coming in handy!

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