Benefits of Butterfly Pea
- Improve eyesight- Clitoria Ternatea contains an antioxidant called proanthocyanidin, which increases blood flow to the capillaries of the eyes, useful in treatment of glaucoma, blurred vision, retinal damage or tired eyes.
- Improve hair growth- Rich in bioflavonoids, Butterfly Pea can promote hair growth and reduce greying of hair.
- Improve skin- Butterfly Pea’s antioxidants stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis, which helps rejuvenate the skin and lessen wrinkles and other signs of ageing.
- Aphrodisiac- Butterfly Pea has been traditionally used as an aphrodisiac particularly for women and used to treat menstruation problems or white vaginal discharge (leucorrhoea).
- Antioxidant- Flavonoids, anthocyanins and phenolic compounds in Butterfly Pea flowers activate antioxidant activity, which helps decrease oxidative stress caused by disease causing and ageing free radicals.
- Nootropic- Butterfly Pea has been shown to enhance cognitive function and boost brain function.
- Diuretic- Butterfly Pea promotes normal urination, which in turn lowers blood pressure
- Analgesic- Clitoria Ternatea has been used traditionally as a local anaesthetic as it has been shown to help relieve pain and swelling.
- Anxiolyhic- Butterfly Pea has a calming effect on the body, reducing stress and anxiety
- Anti-inflammatory- The deep indigo flowers contain flavonoids. Found in almost all fruits and vegetables, flavonoids are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits.
- Anti-Asthmatic- It is used in common cold, cough & asthma as it acts as an expectorant and reduces the irritation of respiratory organs.
- Anti-anxiety and depression- Indications are that high doses of Butterfly Pea may be adaptogenic – helping the body deal with stressors.
- Anti-diabetic- Butterfly Pea has shown to inhibit glucose intake from the diet.
- Anti-HIV- Butterfly Pea is one of the few herbs to contain cyclotides, which have exhibited anti-HIV effects in studies.
- Anti-cancer and anti-tumor- Clitoria Ternatea’s cyclotides can cause cancer cell death by disrupting cell membrane integrity.
- Anti-microbial- In several Indian studies, Butterfly Pea exhibited significant anti-microbial effects against Staphylococcus Aureus.
- Anti-convulsant- Butterfly Pea has been shown to help reduce the severity and stress on the body from convulsions useful in treating epilepsy.
- Anti-pyretic- Clitoria Ternatea can help reduce fever by dilating the blood vessels right beneath the skin, whereby air can cool the blood easier.
- The Nervous System- Butterfly Pea has a calming effect on the brain
- The Digestive System- Butterfly Pea is an antiemetic (anti-nausea), antidypsetic (anti-indigestion), mild-laxative and cholagogue (stimulates flow of bile from liver)
- The Circulatory System- Butterfly Pea is a haemostatic (helps stop bleeding) and a blood purifier
- The Respiratory System- Butterfly Pea acts as an expectorant and has shown to reduce the irritation of respiratory organs, useful in treating colds, coughs and even asthma.
- The Urinary System– Butterfly Pea is a diuretic, helping promote normal urination and can be used for dysuria (difficulty urinating)
- The Reproductive System– Butterfly Pea is reported to be spermatogenic, aiding in normal sperm production
- The Integumentary System– Pre-maturing ageing is often a problem of the skin. Flavonoids present in Butterfly Pea have been found to boost collagen production, increasing the skin elasticity.
- Clitoria Ternatea for Hair Loss- In ancient Thai medicine, Butterfly Pea herb has been used for centuries to treat male pattern baldness and premature greying. A key ingredient in Butterfly Pea is Anthocyanin, thought to increase blood flow in the scalp and sustain and fortify hair follicles.