Lemongrass tea to treat anemia, research reveals

Lemongrass tea to treat anemia, research reveals

The Journal of Medicinal Food published a study revealing the beneficial effects of lemongrass tea for the treatment of anemia. The researchers of the study have found that lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) tea can potentially boost the production of red blood cells which makes it a great natural treatment for anemia.

(Click here to read the original research findings)

The study suggests that anemic people may find drinking lemongrass tea very beneficial.

Low levels of healthy red blood cells (RBCs) characterize anemia. This condition is extremely harmful because of of RBCs transport oxygen across the body.

The oxygen carrying capacity of RBCs is accredited to the presence of a protein called “hemoglobin.” Hemoglobin binds to oxygen, forming “oxy-hemoglobin.” RBCs carry this conjugate to each of the cells. At the cellular site, hemoglobin releases oxygen, making it available for the cells and body’s tissues.

Low levels of RBCs causes the cells to run short of oxygen, resulting in fatigue and stress on the body’s organs.

Researchers from the University of Uyo and the University of Calabar in Nigeria conducted the study. They evaluated the effects of lemongrass tea on hematologic indices in humans.

Individuals fed with lemongrass demonstrated an elevated RBCs content

For the study, 105 individuals, aged 18 to 35 years, underwent a systematic pre-survey medical screening.

The participants were divided into three groups,

  1. Group-1 receiving two grams of lemongrass leaf powder
  2. Group-2 given with four grams of lemongrass powder
  3. Group-3 fed with eight grams of lemongrass powder

The lemongrass powder was infused in 150 milliliters (ml) of hot water. The participants received their respective doses once a day for 30 days.

The hematologic indices of the participants were reviewed one day before the intrusion and at the 10th and 30th day after the intrusion.

The results of the study revealed that lemongrass leaf powder significantly increased the packed cell volume (PCV). It is the blood percentage of red blood cells. Moreover, the leaf powder of lemongrass notably enhanced the level of hemoglobin and red blood cells.

The researchers revealed that lemongrass leaf powder contains tannins, saponins, alkaloids, flavonoids, macronutrients, and micronutrients. These phytochemicals and the antioxidant content of the leaf powder boosted the ability of the body to produce red blood cells.

Concluding the whole story, drinking lemongrass tea promotes the increased production of red blood cells. Thus, the plant can serve as a safe and convenient treatment for anemia.

More about Lemongrass tea

Lemongrass is an herb native to Sri Lanka and South India. However, the respective plant is now grown in many countries around the world. It is a common Asian cooking ingredient. People can also use it to make tea.

Lemongrass tea offers various health benefits. Some of them are as follow,

Lemongrass can potentially relieve anxiety. To serve the purpose, people can drink hot lemongrass tea or inhale lemongrass essential oil.

Research provides strong evidence of lemongrass in decreasing the levels of bad cholesterols. Research shows that consuming lemongrass extracts may promote lower levels of cholesterol in animals.

Lemongrass extract can potentially fight infections. It has protective effects against infections.

The respective plant extract reportedly reduces the incidence of thrush. It is a fungal infection, commonly affecting people with weakened immune systems.

Chewing on lemongrass stalks keeps your mouth feeling clean and improves the oral health. A study, published in The Food Chemistry Journal, reveals the strong antibacterial properties of lemongrass extracts.

In the study, lemongrass extracts were tested against bacteria that cause cavities in the mouth.

Moreover, lemongrass has been found to block pain. It increases the urine output as well via its diuretic effect, helping to prevent bloating due to water retention.

 

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The author is a Medical Microbiologist and healthcare writer. She is a post-graduate of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. She covers all content on health and wellness including weight loss, nutrition, and general health. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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