Agarwood tea is definitely not a household name in the West but it is already a popular tea in many parts of South East Asia. In countries like like Thailand and Malaysia it has earned a reputation not only for its flavor but its potential therapeutic qualities. People drink agarwood tea to help calm their mind, detoxify the body, promote weight loss and control blood sugar levels among other uses.
The leaves of several species of Aquilaria are harvested to produce agarwood tea. They include Aquilaria sinensis found in Laos and China and Aquilaria malaccensis native to Malaysia, Thailand India and Indonesia.
Agarwood plantations for commercial purposes have now been established in various countries and also reintroduced in places like Sri Lanka and Malaysia. The agarwood tea business represents a promising new commercial opportunity that does not harm the long term survival of the species.
Agarwood leaves contain a variety of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium and iron. It increases oxygen level in cells, purify internal fluid, promote skin cells regeneration and reduce the effect of aging.
Studies have also been done looking at the chemical constituents of the leaves. Like many herbal teas, agarwood contains various polyphenols with antioxidant properties. According to research, the two main bioactive compounds in agarwood leaves are genkwanin and mangiferin which are responsible for many of the medicinal benefits of the leaves.
Herbal teas are a wonderful way to not only improve your physical health but they can also have a great impact on your mental health. Many people drink this caffeine free beverage to help deal with feelings of anxiety and stress.
People who enjoy it also claim that it can help them get to sleep more easily at night and improve their quality of sleep. Given that insomnia and other sleep issues are often linked to stress or anxiety, this is not a surprise.
If you are feeling anxious, a cup of coffee is the last thing you need and may result in you becoming more anxious and jittery. Why not consider replacing your regular cup of joe with this healthy, relaxing alternative instead
Several studies done on animals have demonstrated that agarwood leaves can improve blood sugar levels. Up to this point there have been no studies done on humans to confirm these findings but the results of the animal studies have been promising.
According to proponents, agarwood tea can help the body to detox from certain chemicals. Unfortunately, there are no studies that confirm this one way or another. Much of the marketing material claims that agarwood tea is especially useful for cleansing the body of toxins such as mercury.
If you are looking for a miracle weight loss cure then you are likely to be searching for a very long time. However adding a healthy herbal tea like agarwood tea to your daily diet can have some impact especially in the long term and as part of a diet and exercise plan.
Agarwood tea is a great source of flavonoids which may help in the fat burning proces especially if you are exercising on a regular basis. Flavonoids may also help improve digestion and improve the body’s metabolism which can also aid in weight control and long term weight loss.
The antioxidants contained in agarwood tea are great for the skin. They help to offset the damage done to the skin cells which result in early signs of aging like wrinkles and blemishes. By replacing your soda or cup of sugary coffee with a healthy agarwood brew, not only will your body feel in better shape but your appearance will benefit too.
Agarwood tea can help improve your digestive health in general and may ease some of the common symptoms of poor digestion such as dyspepsia and bloating. Studies have revealed that it works as a natural laxative which confirms one of its many traditional uses in Asia.
A study published in 2010 found that agarwood leaf extract had mild laxative properties.Unlike many other remedies for constipation, the extract was gentle acting and did not induce diarrhea. Although the study was done on rats, the researchers concluded that agarwood leaves would be a potential natural constipation remedy in humans.