How Can Palo Azul Tea Support Digestive Health?
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
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.
A 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 “diuretic, antidiabetic, antiglycation, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial potential.”A 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
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."
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.”
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."
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.
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.”
The authors of this review also mention that the "medicinal efficacy of many flavonoids as antibacterial, hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and antiviral agents is well established.”
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
* Palo azul is commonly referred to by its scientific name: Eysenhardtia polystachya / E. polystachya / E.P - Cyclolepis genistoides / C. genistoides - kidney wood - palo dulce