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Benefits of Blue Butterfly Pea Flowers

BLUE BUTTERFLY PEA BENEFITS

 

Butterfly Pea flower (also scientifically referred to as Clitoria Ternatea) is noted for its bright blue edible flowers. Aside from its many culinary uses, the blue butterfly pea vine has been used in Ayurveda as well as traditional Asian and Middle Eastern medicine for centuries. Its health benefits (improved memory, balanced mood, and a healthy immune system) are increasingly supported by modern science.

 

This potent powder is known to promote vitality and healthy ageing. It is chock full of antioxidants, including pro anthocyanidin (which supports skin collagen and elasticity) and anthocyanin (supports hair and eye health). Both of these ingredients help promote the overall healthy life cycle of your cells.

 

Blue Butterfly powder is a notable nerve tonic, and provides support to the digestive, circulatory, and central nervous systems. The key ingredient in this tea is the Butterfly Pea flower which is native to South East Asia. This ingredient has beneficial anthocyanins (which provide the blue colour) and has a variety of health benefits such as:

 

Eyes

The presence of the anti-oxidant, proanthocyanidin, helps to improve eyesight by increasing blood flow in the capillaries of the eyes which also allows the eyes to adjust to changes in light and improves vision. The blue butterfly pea vine flowers have been shown to effectively prevent cataracts and glaucoma, correct blurred vision, and reverse retinal damage as well as soothing inflamed and tearing eyes.

 

Hair

The blue butterfly vine flower, rich in bioflavinoids, has been used traditionally to promote hair growth, thicken the hair and reduce greying of the hair.

 

Skin

Anti-oxidants in blue butterfly pea flower stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis helping to rejuvenate the skin, reduce wrinkles and other effects of ageing skin.

 

Aphrodisiac

Traditionally used as an aphrodisiac particularly for women and used to treat problems associated with menstruation as well as leucorrhoea (white vaginal discharge).

 

Brain

Nootropic – enhances cognitive functions including heightening intelligence and enhancing memory via acetylcholine localised to the hippocampus.

Stress

A known Anxiolyhic – reduces stress and anxiety – calming effect. Relaxes smooth vascular muscle aiding blood flow.

Pain relief

Analgesic – helps to relieve pain to the extent it is used as a local anaesthetic.

Diuretic

Promotes excretion of water (urination) which decreases blood volume thereby lowering blood pressure, also used for fasting but typically temporary weight loss.

 

Other benefits include:

  • Anti-inflammatory – the deep blue flowers contain flavonoid pigments similar to blue berries, acai berry, mangosteen rind etc. that protect the plant. When you inject the flower the effect is remarkably similar to the anti-inflammatory effect of the plant in nature.

  • Aids diabetic activity by inhibiting glucose intake from the diet.

  • Noted anti-cancer and anti-tumor abilities resulting from cyclotides that cause cell death by disrupting cell membrane integrity.

  • Anti-pyretic –reduces fever by dilating the blood vessels just beneath the skin which increases blood flow near the surface of the skin where it can be more easily cooled by the air.

  • Loaded with antioxidants – that helps boost circulation and collagen production and prevent premature ageing. * It’s been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine as a memory enhancer, a stress alleviator, to lift the mood, and it is believed to balance blood sugar levels.

  • Strengthens the hair for healthy hair growth/prevent hair loss and greying.

  • Possesses anti cancer properties. *Keeps skin glowing & healthy *Treats urinary problems. *Improves eyesight & night vision *Treats eye infections.

  • Detoxifies the whole body.

  • Enhances memory.

  • Enhances immune system.

 

Scientific Support & Reference Citations

References http://examine.com/supplements/clitoria-ternatea/ lists 22 scientific refer-ences which provide support for the benefits of Clitoria principissae:

 

1. Rotblatt M, Ziment I 2002 – Evidence based Herbal Medicine.   Hanley & Belfus, Philadephia.

 

2. Chang ST, Wu JH, Wang SY, Kang PL, Yang NS, Shyur LF 2001. Anti oxidants activity extracts from Acacia confusa bark and heartwood.   J Agric Chem 3420-3424

 

3. Jain NN, et al Clitoria ternatea and the CNS. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. (2003)

 

4. Rai KS, et al Clitoria ternatea root extract enhances acetylcholine content in rat hip-pocampus. Fitoterapia. (2002)

 

5. Malik J, Karan M, Vasisht K Nootropic, anxiolytic and CNS-depressant studies on different plant sources of shankhpushpi .Pharm Biol. (2011)

 

6. Sethiya NK, et al An update on Shankhpushpi, a cognition-boosting Ayurvedic med-icine. Zhong Xi Yi Jie He

Xue Bao. (2009)

 

7..Aulakh GS, Narayanan S, Mahadevan G Phyto – chemistry and pharmacology of shankapushpi – four varieties. Anc Sci Life. (1988)

 

8. Swain SS, Rout KK, Chand PK Production of Triterpenoid Anti-cancer Compound Taraxerol in Agrobacterium- Transformed Root Cultures of Butterfly Pea (Clitoria ter-natea L.). Appl Biochem Biotechnol. (2012)

 

9. Kumar V, et al Validation of HPTLC method for the analysis of taraxerol in Clitoria ternatea. Phytochem Anal. (2008)

 

10. Terahara N, et al Eight new anthocyanins, ternatins C1-C5 and D3 and preternatins A3 and C4 from young

clitoria ternatea flowers. J Nat Prod. (1998)

 

11. Terahara N, et al Five new anthocyanins, ternatins A3, B4, B3, B2, and D2, from Cli-toria ternatea flowers. J Nat Prod. (1996)

 

12. Taur DJ, Patil RY Evaluation of antiasthmatic activity of Clitoria ternatea L. roots. J Ethnopharmacol. (2011)

 

13. Ripperger H Isolation of stigmast-4-ene-3,6-dione from Hamelia patens and Clitoria ternatea. Pharmazie. (1978)

 

14. Kazuma K, Noda N, Suzuki M Malonylated flavonol glycosides from the petals of Clitoria ternatea. Phytochemistry. (2003)

 

15. Revilleza MJ, Mendoza EM, Raymundo LC Oligosaccharides in several Philippine indigenous food legumes:

determination, localization and removal. Plant Foods Hum Nutr. (1990)

 

16. Kamkaen N, Wilkinson JM The antioxidant activity of Clitoria ternatea flower petal extracts and eye gel. Phytother Res. (2009)

 

17. Rai KS, et al Clitoria ternatea (Linn) root extract treatment during growth spurt pe-riod enhances learning and memory in rats .Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. (2001)

 

18. Taranalli AD, Cheeramkuzhy TC Influence of clitoria ternatea extracts on memory and central cholinergic activity in rats .Pharm Biol. (2000)

 

19. Rai KS, et al Altered dendritic arborization of amygdala neurons in young adult rats orally intubated with

Clitorea ternatea aqueous root extract. Phytother Res. (2005)

 

20. Adisakwattana S, et al In vitro inhibitory effects of plant-based foods and their com-binations on intestinal glucosidase and pancreatic amylase. BMC Complement Al-tern Med. (2012)

 

21. Solanki YB, Jain SM Antihyperlipidemic activity of Clitoria ternatea and Vigna mun-go in rats. Pharm Biol. (2010)

 

22. PIALA JJ, MADISSOO H, RUBIN B Diuretic activity of roots of Clitoria ternatea L. in dogs. Experientia. (1962)

 

23. El-Halawany AM, et al Screening for estrogenic and antiestrogenic activities of plants growing in Egypt and

Thailand .Pharmacognosy Res. (2011)

 

24. Ramanathan M, Balaji B, Justin A Behavioural and neurochemical evaluation of Perment an herbal formulation in chronic unpredictable mild stress induced depressive model. Indian J Exp Biol. (2011)

 

25. Dr R Mensah, Australia 2016 – Patent for pest management & control using the insecticidal properties of clitoria ternatea 

 

MyBlueTea and Blue Butterfly Powder is freeze-dried via our proprietary process to sustain the cellular and molecular structure of the plant as closely as possible to how it existed in nature, delivering you maximum nutrition.