Tufts research: Does Sleepytime tea really make you sleepy?

From Nature Network Boston.

Works 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.
 
The center gets an impressive amount of press. Check out their site for stories on the food pyramid, picky eaters and the benefits of berries.
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