How Can Palo Azul Tea Support Digestive Health?

woman with abdominal or giestive pain or nausea

Flavonoids are effective for "digestive complaints, nausea, and abdominal pain"

Palo azul tea is supercharged with beneficial health properties, and it has been used traditionally for improving conditions such as digestive issues, diarrhea, and promoting kidney and liver health. Many of palo azul's health benefits have actually been attributed to its flavonoid rich content. 

 

1. Rich in Flavonoids

palo azul and fruits flavonoids

Flavonoids are natural antioxidant compounds commonly found in vegetables, fruits, plants, bark, flowers, wine and tea such as green tea or palo azul. Thousands of studies have found numerous health benefits in flavonoids and these are attributed to their anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-aging, anti-hypertensive, anti-bacterial, anti-mutagenic, anti-viral and anti-carcinogenic properties.

2021 study even found several phytochemicals in palo azul such as flavones, isoflavones, flavanones, phenolic compounds, chalcones and dihydrochalcones” which have been linked to its health benefits, highlighting “diureticantidiabetic, antiglycation, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial potential.”

polyphenols flavonoids family treeA medical review which analyzed 166 studies on flavonoids, showed the efficacy of flavonoids “in the treatment of hepatobiliary dysfunction and digestive complaints, such as sensation of fullness, loss of appetite, nausea, and abdominal pain.” 

 


2. Antioxidant & Diuretic

palo azul vs kidney pain

Abdominal pain can sometimes be caused by kidney or liver issues. In this case, studies have shown that palo azul may be effective for supporting kidney function due to its diuretic property. Palo azul is also a powerful antioxidant, which means it scavenges harmful free radicals and inhibits oxidative stress which can promote liver health. 

A 2021 study actually showed that palo azul's extract "significantly reduced oxidative damages in both the kidneys and the liver, and such effect has been related to the high antioxidant capacity."

palo azul diuretic

Moreover, a 2007 study found that flavonones (in palo azul) have been identified with antibacterial and antifungal activity. The infusion or decoction is used for kidney problems, urinary tract pains, kidney calculi, and as deflamatory.”

 

3. Antinociceptive

woman with abdominal pain

Several studies have also shown that palo azul has antinociceptive properties. Antinociceptives have the ability to block the detection of a painful or harmful stimulus by blocking signals from neurons.

A 2018 study mentioned that palo azul “decreased the serum levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines and showed antinociceptive activity. These findings support the use of Eysenhardtia polystachya in Mexican folk medicine for treating rheumatoid arthritis and pain management.

A 2021 study supports these findings concluded that palo azul's "flavanones ameliorate edema and trigger downregulation of the pro-inflammatory cytokines."

palo azul antinociceptive

This 2009 study mentions that "pro-inflammatory cytokines are involved in the up-regulation of inflammatory reactions, and there is abundant evidence that certain pro-inflammatory cytokines are involved in the process of pathological pain."

Another 2018 study found that palo azul “showed antinociceptive and antidiarrheal effects with similar potency compared to standard drugs.”

* Although we do not recommend replacing standard medications, these findings establish the importance of having a diet full of natural medicines that promote health.

 

4. Antibacterial

palo azul vs bacteria

Loss of appetite is commonly attributed to bacterial infection, and many studies have found evidence to suggest palo azul's anti-bacterial activity because of its flavonoid rich content.

In fact, a medical review which reviewed 166 studies mentions that “flavonoids are synthesized by plants in response to microbial infection.” The researchers mentioned that it is due to their potent antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral activity that flavonoids “show inhibitory activity against E. coli.” 

palo azul antiviral antibacterial

The authors of this review also mention that the "medicinal efficacy of many flavonoids as antibacterialhepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and antiviral agents is well established.”

Finally, a 2012 study examined 47 plants and palo azul was among the plants that showed the "greatest inhibitory effect" against bacterial diseases such as E. coli!

palo azul flavonoids vs virus

Conclusion

In summary, palo azul is antioxidant, diuretic, antinociceptive, anti-bacterial, and it's rich in flavonoids. Because of these properties, palo azul may help to promote digestion, support kidney & liver function and maintain a healthy immune system.

P.S. Don't keep the magic to yourself though...share palo azul with your loved ones!

Flavonoid-rich foods: apples, pears, onions, strawberries, blueberries, celery, peppers, and teas such as palo azul

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 magiktea palo azul

Seems like palo azul and its mighty flavonoids really are...
Key for health 😉
 

Clinical Studies

* Palo azul is commonly referred to by its scientific name: Eysenhardtia polystachya / E. polystachya / E.P - Cyclolepis genistoides / C. genistoides - kidney wood - palo dulce

 

(August 2021) Screening Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Flavanones Solutions

(2013, Dec 29) (Medical review: 166 studies) Chemistry and Biological Activities of Flavonoids: An Overview 

(2016, Dec 29) (Medical Review: 161 studies) Flavonoids: an overview

(Winter 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 

(June 14, 2012) Ethnobotanical survey and antibacterial activity of plants used in the Altiplane region of Mexico for the treatment of oral cavity infections

(Junio 28, 2007) Estudio Etnobotánico de Eysenhardtia Polystachia (Ort.) Sarg. En una Comunidad del Municipio de Zempola, Hidalgo, y Evaluación del Efecto Diurético en Rata