Chamomile contains a special calming flavonoid called apigenin, which is also found in a variety of foods and spices. Besides offering relaxation for nerves, apigenin calms inflammation, boosts the immune system, and reduces blood pressure. Chamomile essential oil may be diffused into the air or rubbed on the skin for its many wonderful benefits. When a person feels the need to relax, a cup of chamomile tea is a nice option for calming down, especially in the evening.
Benefits of Apigenin
“Apigenin is a common dietary flavonoid that is abundantly present in many fruits, vegetables and Chinese medicinal herbs and serves multiple physiological functions, such as strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and antiviral activities and blood pressure reduction. Apigenin has been shown to inhibit cancer cell migration and invasion in in vitro cancer cells and in vivo animal models.”1
“We identified that apigenin has potent anti-inflammatory properties with the ability to protect neurites and cell viability by promoting a global down-regulation of cytokine and nitric oxide (NO) release in inflammatory cells.These data demonstrate the broad neuroprotective action of apigenin against Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis in a human disease model.”2
Chamomile helps a person get better sleep, improves digestion, boosts the immune system, aids in balancing blood sugar, and improves heart health. It has also been demonstrated to relieve anxiety and depression, improve skin, and prevent bone loss. Chamomile sounds like a winner!
Foods High in Apigenins
- Citrus fruit
- Lemon Balm
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and especially spices, provides a substantial amount of this relaxing component.