Chamomile tea may help women live longer, according to new research. Drinking the herbal brew was linked with a 29 per cent lower risk of death from all causes. But it’s bad news for men, as the same effect was not seen in men. Researchers say it is not clear why the tea prolongs women’s lives, or why it only works for one gender.

Chamomile is one of the oldest, most-widely used and well-documented medicinal plants in the world and has been recommended for a variety of afflictions.

As part of the study, US researchers tracked 1,677 Mexican-American women and men for seven years, and looked at the effects of chamomile tea on death. They took data from the Hispanic Established Populations for Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly, a population-based study of Mexican-Americans aged 65 and older from five Southwestern states, including Texas.

They found 14 per cent of the people in the study drank chamomile tea.

The data showed that consuming chamomile was associated with a 29 per cent decreased risk of death from all causes among women, compared with those who did not drink the tea. The link was still present even after the researchers adjusted for demographics, health conditions and health behaviours.

Curiously, this effect was not present in men. Dr Bret Howrey, an assistant professor at The University of Texas Medical Branch, said: ‘The reason for a difference in our reported findings between Hispanic women and men is not clear, although women were shown to be more frequent users of chamomile than men… see more

source: dailymail UK