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Herbal teas reduce PMS symptoms

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Herbal teas don’t only taste nice—they also have important health benefits, especially if you’re a woman.

Researchers have put three herbal teas through their paces to discover they help women sleep better after they’ve given birth, they reduce PMS pains, stress and anxiety, and help with metabolic control, so reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.  Men with osteoarthritis also had reduced pain after drinking the tea.

Researcher Gill Jenkins reviewed nine studies that had tested the health benefits of German camomile tea, rose hip and spearmint infusions. Camomile was the most effective, helping women sleep better after they had given birth; it also eased symptoms of Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS), and reduced menstrual pain, stress and anxiety.  In another study, which included men and women, the tea improved metabolism, including glucose and insulin control. 

Rose hip also eased menstrual pain, and spearmint tea improved hormonal control.  Spearmint also helped both sexes manage pain and stiffness from osteoarthritis.

The study was sponsored by the Tea Advisory Panel.

(Source: J Nurs Women’s Health, 2022; 6: 178)

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