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Tufts research: Does Sleepytime tea really make you sleepy?

sleepytimeWorks for me, but if you need more than anecdotal evidence, researchers Diane McKay and Jeffrey Blumberg at the US Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University have gathered some for you. From the USDA’s Agricultural Research magazine.

One popular herbal, chamomile tea, has long been considered a soothing brew. In the early 20th century, it was mentioned in a classic children’s book about a little rabbit named Peter. At the end of a rough day, Peter’s mom served him some chamomile tea. Interestingly, when Blumberg and McKay reviewed scientific literature on the bioactivity of chamomile, they found no human clinical trials that examined this calming effect.

They did, however, publish a review article on findings far beyond sedation—describing test-tube evidence that chamomile tea has moderate antioxidant and antimicrobial activities and significant antiplatelet-clumping activity. Also, animal feeding studies have shown potent anti-inflammatory action and some cholesterol-lowering activity.


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