What is Palo Azul Good for?

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Are you missing out on the magical palo azul tea?

Palo azul tea has been used as a traditional remedy since the 16th century in South America and it was transported to Europe for its incredible fluorescence. Since that time, palo azul has been popularized because of its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties for promoting kidney, liver, and urinary tract function. Palo azul is also widely known for its alkalinizing effect on the body, which may have beneficial effects on digestion and dental health.

Thanks to the work of the researchers who have published their findings about palo azul's properties, we now have evidence of palo azul's effectiveness for its traditional uses. Below this summary, we delve deeper into the specific findings from some of the studies. 

Benefits Summary

anti-inflammatory

Anti-inflammatory

  • Inhibits primary and secondary inflammatory reactions

 

antioxidant

Antioxidant

  • Detoxify free radicals and inhibit oxidative stress

 

palo azul diuretic

Potassium-Saving Diuretic

  • Increases urine output with a potassium-saving effect

     

    palo azul alkaline

    Alkaline

        • Better hydration and more essential minerals
        • Non-erosive to teeth

             

            flavonoids

            Flavonoids

            • Rich in polyphenols

             

              palo azul caffeine-free

              Caffeine-free 

              • Great for when you need a break from caffeine

                     

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                    Palo Azul Benefits

                     

                     

                    antiinflammatory

                    Anti-inflammatory

                    Numerous studies have shown that palo azul tea exhibited significant anti-inflammatory activity due to its flavonoid rich content. For example, this 2018 study concluded that "EE (palo azul) and its rich-flavonoids fractions inhibited secondary inflammatory reactions" and "also decreased the serum levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines."

                    2011 study also concluded that palo azul's "fractions rich in flavonoids induce an anti-inflammatory effect in chronic inflammation." This 2016 study found that palo azul "exhibited significant anti-inflammatory activity." Lastly, a 2015 concluded the following: "Our data indicate that palo azul exhibited significant anti-inflammatory activity."

                     

                    antioxidant

                    Antioxidant

                    Many studies have also shown that palo azul tea is antioxidant due to its flavonoid/polyphenolic rich content. Therefore, they've shown that palo azul tea inhibited oxidative stress, free radicals and inhibited the formation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) and reactive oxygen species (ROS).

                    For example, due to its polyphenolic rich content, a 2021 study found that palo azul tea "can reduce the oxidative stress caused by the imbalance between reactive oxygen species (ROS) because of its free radical scavenging activity."

                    This same study mentions that "the polyphenolic compounds present in Eysenhardtia polystachya may protect the insulin-secreting cells from oxidative stress."

                     

                    oxidative stress

                     

                    This 2014 study which supports the previous studies, found that "Eysenhardtia polystachya (palo azul) possesses considerable antioxidant activity with reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenging activity and demonstrated an anti-AGEs and inhibits oxidative stress."

                    Lastly, this 2016 study concluded the following: "Our data indicates that the bark of Eysenhardtia polystachya has an ability to reduce oxidative stress through decreasing of lipid peroxidation, antioxidant properties, and increasing radical scavenging enzymes activity, also reduce intracellular reactive oxygen species."

                     

                    palo azul diuretic

                    Potassium-Saving Diuretic

                    Diuretics are substances that promote diuresis, which means they increase water excretion (makes you urinate more). Interestingly, a 2016 study showed that palo azul tea is a "potassium-sparring diuretic", meaning that it prevented electrolyte loss during urination because it spared potassium...as opposed to aquaretic diuretics like coffee and green tea.

                    Due to the popularity of palo azul as a diuretic, several studies have evaluated its efficacy and found it to be effective at promoting kidney and urinary tract function. 

                    kidney stones

                    For example, a 2022 study mentions that "this plant contains polyphenols, flavonoids and alkaloids." This same study suggests that palo azul's "beneficial effects might be associated with diuretic activities, as well as an inhibitory effect on crystallization, nucleation, and aggregation of crystals."

                     

                    alkaline

                    Alkaline

                    Studies have found beneficial properties of alkaline drinks including: Better hydration, more essential minerals, improved acid reflux and they're non-erosive to teeth.

                    2007 study did an extensive 77 page analysis on palo azul and found that it has a small amount of potassiumwhich is an electrolyte that makes palo azul slightly alkaline. Therefore, the researchers found that palo azul "decreases the acidity of urine."

                    potassium

                    2006 book about botanical medicine also mentions that palo azul tea has an "alkalinizing nature" which allows it to dissolve acidic precipitants.

                     

                    flavonoids

                    Flavonoids

                    Many studies have shown that palo azul tea is rich in polyphenols and flavonoids. 2021 study mentions that several types of phytonutrients have been identified in palo azul including "flavonoids, polyphenols, phenolic compounds, flavones, flavanones, isoflavones, chalcones and dihydrochalcones."

                    WebMD describes polyphenols (phytonutrients), as "micronutrients that naturally occur in plants." These phytochemicals are produced by plants to fight off oxidative stress, inflammation, fungi, bacteria and other diseases.

                    palo azul and antioxidant fruits

                    According to a 2016 review, flavonoids are "a group of natural substances with polyphenolic structures and they're found in fruits, vegetables, grains, bark, roots, stems, flowers, tea and wine. These natural products are well known for their beneficial effects on health."

                     

                    caffeine-free

                    Caffeine-free

                    One of the things we love about palo azul is that it's caffeine-free, so we get to enjoy this beautiful tea throughout the entire day! Caffeine is an alkaloid that blocks adenosine receptors in the brain, which would normally make you feel sleepy. 

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                    Mathew Walker, the author of "Why We Sleep" explains that "by hijacking and occupying these receptors, caffeine blocks the sleepiness signal normally communicated to the brain by adenosine" and "caffeine tricks you into feeling alert and awake, despite the high levels of adenosine that would otherwise seduce you into sleep."

                    Walker also mentions that "caffeine has an average half-life of 5-7 hours." This means that if you have a cup of coffee at 3 pm, by 9 pm you would still have "50% of that caffeine circulating throughout your brain tissue."

                    Caffeine can be helpful, but the key is to have balance and moderation. Just listen to your body and see how you feel. When you feel like it's time for a caffeine break...Palo azul tea will be there for you. 😁

                     

                     Conclusion

                    We hope you enjoyed learning about palo azul's benefits and we hope that you share it with your loved ones so that they can also enjoy palo azul's magical properties!

                     

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                    Now you know why palo azul is...
                    Key to a magical life! 😉

                     

                    Studies

                    Palo azul's scientific and common names: Eysenhardtia polystachya, Cyclolepis genistoides, Lignum nephricitum, kidney wood, kidney tea, palo dulce

                     

                    (2018) The Ethanolic Extract of Eysenhardtia polystachya (Ort.) Sarg. Bark and Its Fractions Delay the Progression of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Show Antinociceptive Activity in Murine Models

                    (2015) Evaluation of anti-inflammatory activity of the bark of Eysenhardtia polystachia in experimental animal models

                    (2021) Minocycline-Derived Silver Nanoparticles for Assessment of Their Antidiabetic Potential against Alloxan-Induced Diabetic Mice

                    (2014) Evaluation of antidiabetic, antioxidant and antiglycating activities of the Eysenhardtia polystachya

                    (2016) Properties of Flavonoids Isolated from the Bark of Eysenhardtia polystachya and Their Effect on Oxidative Stress in Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetes Mellitus in Mice

                    (2022) Plants Used in Mexican Traditional Medicine for the Management of Urolithiasis: A Review of Preclinical Evidence, Bioactive Compounds, and Molecular Mechanisms

                    (2016) Diuretic activity of the bark of Eysenhardtia polystachya

                    (2021) Screening Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Flavanones Solutions

                    (2006) Herbal medicine of the American Southwest: a guide to the medicinal and edible plants of the Southwestern United States

                    (2007) Estudio Etnobotánico de Eysenhardtia Polystachia (Ort.) Sarg. En una Comunidad del Municipio de Zempola, Hidalgo, y Evaluación del Efecto Diurético en Rata

                    (2016) Flavonoids: An Overview

                     

                    2 comments

                    • Hi Josie, we’re sorry to hear about your situation. Our best suggestion would be that you tell your primary physician about palo azul tea and ask them if it may help you. We hope you get better!

                      Julian Tcherassi
                    • I have a lot of problems. I have diabetic neuropathy in my feet. I have Obesity, 260 lbs, type 2 diabetes. I have back and butt problems, L5/S1 back surgery in 2008, now 3 & 4 are falling down on the plate & screws. They have done 3 spinal `injections, the 4th & 5th one didn’t work. they did an injection on both sides of the spine. You don’t have enough space for me to list everything. My sister has everything also. And we just found out that my dad has Chronic Venous Insufficiency, so does my half brother, my brother, my sister & me. I wear a CPAP every night. When they done my test I quit breathing 56 times in 60 minutes. There is still more if you want it. Will this stuff help me?

                      Josie

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