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Asian Pigeonwings (Blue butterfly pea)Clitoria ternatea,  is noted for its bright blue edible flowers that have a shape similar to female genitalia from which it derives its scientific name.  Aside from its many culinary uses, the Asian Pigeonwings (blue butterfly pea vine) has been used in Ayurveda as well as traditional Asian and Middle Eastern medicine and its health benefits are increasingly supported by modern science. Asian Pigeonwings (Blue butterfly pea) itself has a rich historical background with a multitude of health convenient properties.

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Health Benefits

  • Nootropic – Asian Pigeonwings enhances cognitive functions including heightening intelligence and enhancing memory via acetylcholine localized to the hippocampus
  • Rreduces stress and anxiety – calming effect
  • Relaxes smooth vascular muscle aiding blood flow
  • decreases blood volume thereby lowering high blood pressure
  • Anti-microbial
  • High doses may be adaptogenic
  • Anti-convulsant
  • Lower diabetic activity by inhibiting glucose intake from the diet
  • Reduces fever by dilating the blood vessels just beneath the skin which increases blood flow near the surface of the skin where it can be more easily cooled by the air

Interesting Facts

  • Blue Butterfly Pea is traditionally a part of Ayurvedic medicine.
  • It has been used for centuries as a memory enhancer, nootropic, antistress, anxiolytic, antidepressant, anticonvulsant, tranquilizing and sedative agent.
  • It contains a wide range of secondary metabolites including triterpenoids, flavonol glycosides, anthocyanins and steroids that have been isolated from Clitoria ternatea]
  • Its extracts possess a wide range of pharmacological activities including antimicrobial, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, diuretic, local anesthetic, antidiabetic, insecticidal, blood platelet aggregation-inhibiting and for use as a vascular smooth muscle relaxing properties.

In-Depth Look

The presence of the anti-oxidant, Proanthocyanidin found in Asian Pigeonwings, helps to improve eyesight by increasing blood flow in the capillaries of the eyes which also allows the eyes to adjust to changes in light and improves vision. The Asian Pigeonwings (blue butterfly pea vine) flowers have been shown to effectively prevent cataracts and glaucoma, correct blurred vision, and soothing inflamed and tearing eyes.

Asian Pigeonwings (blue butterfly vine flower) are rich in bioflavinoids, has been used traditionally to promote hair growth, thicken the hair and reduce greying of the hair.

Thai Freeze Dry’s Asian Pigeonwings (blue butterfly pea vine) tea is unique.  Normally, if you can find this tea at all, it will be in the form of dried tea leaves with flowers.   You will brew the tea and then throw away the leaves and flowers, drinking only the mildly infused water.  People want the source of the benefit, yet only intake a bi-product.


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