Last week we covered what blue pea flowers are and here is why they are not only fun in the garden and in the kitchen but also very beneficial for your health.
In Bali, blue pea flowers are called Bunga telang which is derived from the Indonesian term for clear vision. It is one of the very few plants that contain cyclotides (cy-CLO-tides), which are peptides that can fight tumours and even kill cancer cells. The flowers are full of antioxidants. In traditional Asian cultures they were widely used for pain relief, and to reduce inflammation in addition to many other health and beauty benefits. The roots, seed pods, and leaves of the plant are also used medicinally and as a brain and mood booster.
Best known originally as a hair strengthener, the flowers are also detoxifying and they improve skin health, and memory while reducing stress and depression.
In traditional Asian medicine, blue pea flowers were recognized as memory-enhancing and sedative, combating stress. Reflecting the flower’s clitoris-like shape, the bloom was thought to enhance a woman’s libido, as well as protect her reproductive health.
Research is ongoing, but today we know these gorgeous flowers are amazingly good for us.
Let’s take a closer look:
Cancer protection: cyclotides peptides in the flower fight tumors and cancer cells by penetrating the cells’ membranes. The plant may be especially powerful against lung cancer.
Skin, hair, and eye health: blue pea flowers contain the flavonoids proanthocyanidin (pro-anthro-CYANI-din) and anthocyanin (antho-CY-anin), antioxidants that help keep skin smooth, hair strong, and eyes healthy. Skin proteins can be damaged by sugar molecules, causing premature aging in a process called glycation (gly-CA-shun). The flowers fight glycation, protecting the skin. Many beauty products incorporate blue pea flowers to take advantage of their powerful skin-rejuvenating flavonoids.