Do you enjoy sipping a hot, steaming cup of jasmine green tea? When you sip tea made from the leaves of this herbal flowering plant, you’re doing more than pleasing your taste buds. It seems the leaves from this flower have benefits that go beyond their pleasant aroma and sweet taste. What are the health benefits of jasmine tea?
Research in animals shows jasmine slows the growth of cancer cells. One study carried out in rats showed jasmine offered chemoprotection against breast tumors, while another showed benefits against prostate cancer. In fact, Israeli researchers have developed an anti-cancer drug using Jasmonate, a component from the jasmine plant which helps protect the plant against injury.
Researchers discovered this drug derived from the jasmine plant inhibits the action of an enzyme called hexokinase that allows cancer cells to grow and prosper — without harming normal cells. They’re hoping that a form of this drug might one day be used with cancer chemotherapy drugs to help them work more efficiently.
In a study carried out in Japan, 24 volunteers who smelled the aroma of jasmine tea felt calmer and more sedate. In addition, their heart rates dropped significantly as they became calmer and more relaxed. Due to its calming effect, jasmine may have blood pressure lowering benefits as well. The aroma of jasmine would certainly have fewer side effects than the majority of anti-anxiety medications!
Reduction in Cholesterol