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Camomile tea 'could aid' Parkinson's and Alzheimer's

Camomile tea 'could aid' Parkinson's and Alzheimer's
30th June 2008

Drinking camomile tea could help to treat sufferers of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, a medical expert has claimed.

Writing in the Guardian, Dr Tom Smith said that camomile tea contains luteolin, which is a substance that has been found to reduce inflammatory reactions in the brain.
He added that the tea is now the subject of research to ascertain whether it could be used as a potential treatment for brain diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Dr Smith said: "Camomile, green peppers and celery may be effective anti-inflammatories."

Earlier this year, a study revealed that camomile tea may help relieve a wide range of health problems such as colds and menstrual cramps.

A chemist at Imperial College London, Elaine Holmes, took 14 volunteers and had them drink five cups of the tea every day for two weeks.

Daily urine samples were taken and researchers found that there were increased levels of hippurate, which has been associated with antibacterial activity.

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