By now you must have heard all about the benefits of different types of green tea. Although the research on chamomile tea is not as extensive as green teas, it has been related to weight loss sparsely.

However, there is little or no evidence supporting these claims.

Herbal teas, including chamomile tea, and green teas are rich in polyphenols that have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. If you sip chamomile tea once in a while, you may not experience the said benefits.

Why drink chamomile tea?

Girl drinking chamomile tea

Regular drinking of chamomile tea can give you a few health benefits. These include relieving anxiety, curing muscle cramps, fighting cold, moisturizing skin and so on. Among other benefits, chamomile tea may potentially be helpful in losing and managing weight in a natural way.

Chamomile is a centuries-old medicinal herb which belongs to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. The two most popular species of Chamomile, that are used to make teas, are German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile).

Its medicinal properties come from the terpenoids and flavonoids found in the dried flowers. Chamomile has been used in the treatment of various conditions like colds, abscesses, insomnia, acne, eczema, ulcers, and even chicken pox. Chamomile tea is also thought to be useful in alleviating the symptoms of digestive problems like cramps, irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, colic and diarrhea.

Possible reasons for weight loss

Relieves Stress

If you stress too much, then you may be the victims of stress-induced weight gain [1]. Chamomile tea has shown to increase glycine, an amino acid that helps in relaxing nerves. This may explain why the tea can be helpful during stress.

Girl drinking chamomile tea

Helps with Sleep

Sleep deprivation can affect your diet and exercise. When you are sleep deprived, you are less likely to exercise because you feel tired all the time. You also snack on more unhealthy food because it’s easily available. A flavonoid in chamomile called apigenin has sedative effects which might help induce sleep.[2]

Side Effects

You should not drink chamomile tea

  • if you have a ragweed allergy.
  • if you are pregnant. Chamomile can cause uterine contractions which consequently lead to miscarriages.
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