What is butterfly pea flower?
Although butterfly pea is just starting to get popular in the United States, it’s actually a natural herb that has been around for centuries, and it originates in Southeast Asia.
When the herb is added to hot water, it turns the water a strikingly beautiful shade of blue or violet, thanks to the antioxidant anthocyanin. When acidity (like a splash of lemon) is added it turns to a vibrant shade of pink.
In Asian culture, the herb is most commonly used to make tea, but it’s also used as a natural food coloring and some even add it to rice, baked goods, or use that color-changing ability to make beautiful pink to blue ombre cocktails.
1. Rich in antioxidants
Another major benefit of butterfly pea is that it’s rich in antioxidants.
Antioxidants help your body fight back against inflammation, aging, and other damage caused by free radicals.
One antioxidant that butterfly pea is rich in is called anthocyanin. This antioxidant is also found in blueberries and red wine and it’s particularly well-known for helping the body fight inflammation and boosting heart health.
2. Improves cognitive function
This is because butterfly pea flower is a natural nootropic, which means it can improve your cognitive functioning.
In fact, a recent scientific review found that butterfly pea flower could potentially boost learning and memory.
3. Combats anxiety, stress and depression
According to a recent study, butterfly pea has a positive impact on the central nervous system.
The study found that butterfly pea can relax nerves and lift moods, and is effective for fighting anxiety, stress, and depression.
4. Improves skin
Butterfly pea flower is high in antioxidants and polyphenols. The chemical compounds found in these flowers also work against glycation, which is when the proteins that makeup the skin are damaged by harmful sugar molecules. These properties help keep skin looking firm, youthful, and bright. Another study done also proves this.