Before we dive into the benefits, let’s take a step back and look at the flower itself. What gives it the distinctive deep blue colour? Similar to blueberries, grapes, eggplant (aubergine) and red onions, these naturally occurring dark coloured foods all contain anthocyanins, an impressive and powerful antioxidant.
What are anthocyanins?
Anthocyanins are a type of flavonoid, a family of antioxidants that fight the effects of ageing and oxidative stress. Anthocyanins are so powerful that tests have shown that they contain twice the antioxidant power of vitamin C! Anthocyanins are highly water soluble meaning that consuming the butterfly pea flower as a drink or tea has the added benefit of extracting the most amount of anthocyanins, promoting a number of positive biological activities in your body.
What makes butterfly pea flower tea good for me?
- Glowing skin: anthocyanins are known to have collagen stabilising properties meaning it will help to slow the breakdown of collagen and prevent free-radical damage in your skin.
- Promote luscious hair growth: improve blood circulation in the scalp, providing nutrients to the hair roots for strong, healthy, hair.
- Enhance Immunity: anthocyanins have anti-inflammatory effects which help to boost production of cytokines that regulate immune responses.
- Prevention of heart disease: helps to reduce inflammation and strengthen blood vessels making it easier for the heart to pump fresh blood and oxygen around the body.
- Improve cognitive function: research has shown that anthocyanins in the body are able to regulate cognitive and motor function, enhance memory, and have a role in preventing age-related declines in neural function.
- Improve vision and eye health: key studies have shown that anthocyanins stimulate the regeneration of rhodopsin, a light-sensitive protein found in the retina of the eye, and is one of the mechanisms behind improved vision and eye health.
- Improve insulin activity: anthocyanins lower blood glucose by improving insulin resistance, increasing secretion of insulin and reducing digestion of sugars in the small intestine.
- Combat obesity: anthocyanins induce a number of cellular activities in the body, such as suppression of enzyme levels in fatty acids, which help to prevent the build up of fatty tissue.