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Ballerina Tea Health Benefits And Possible Downsides

Ever heard of ballerina tea? You probably have since it is recently gaining popularity for its various supposed health claims.

Also known as 3 ballerina tea, this newest infusion gets its name from the idea that it will help you achieve a slim, fit and agile figure, similar to ones ballerinas have.

But is it all true? Or will the curtains soon draw on its popularity? Let’s find out.

Ballerina tea is usually made from senna ( Senna alexandrina  or  Cassia angustifolia ) and Chinese mallow ( Malva verticillata ), both of which are herbs. Every now and then, a few more ingredients are added to either improve its flavor or add more taste. This can include cinnamon and lemon.

In any case, the tea is consumed as such due to the active ingredients in the two main herbs being water-soluble. Furthermore, both herbs are also used for laxative effects that are achieved by either speeding digestion, by promoting contractions or creating an osmotic effect by releasing electrolytes in your colon and softening your stools.

Supposed health benefits

  1. May lower your blood sugar levels – Due to its Chinese mallow content, ballerina tea may be able to lower, or at least maintain your blood sugar levels.
  2. May be able to help fight constipation – Because of its laxative properties, ballerina tea may be an effective remedy for constipation. With that being said however, using senna as a laxative for a long time may cause electrolyte imbalances or even diarrhea.
  3. Rich in antioxidants – Ballerina tea contains a lot of flavonoids, which is a type of antioxidant that’s found in plant-based products. The antioxidants from ballerina tea come from senna and Chinese mallow.
  4. Caffeine-free alternative to coffee – Due to its energy boost properties, ballerina tea can be a substitute for coffee. It’s also caffeine-free, making it all the more healthier.

Some side effects

It’s not without its share of side effects however, since prolonged drinking of ballerina tea may cause mild to severe diarrhea, abdominal cramps or even dehydration. Weight loss from ballerina tea is also attributed as water loss, not fat loss.

And so, while the tea is a good source of antioxidants, proper research about it is still lacking, and it’s not recommended for those trying to lose weight healthily.

Tea Assam tea, popularly known as breakfast tea, has several health benefits, like protecting heart health and improving gut health. Pixabay

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