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Abstract Title:

Chamomile Consumption and Mortality: A Prospective Study of Mexican Origin Older Adults.

Abstract Source:

Gerontologist. 2016 12 ;56(6):1146-1152. Epub 2015 Apr 29. PMID: 26035879

Abstract Author(s):

Bret T Howrey, M Kristen Peek, Juliet M McKee, Mukaila A Raji, Kenneth J Ottenbacher, Kyriakos S Markides

Article Affiliation:

Bret T Howrey

Abstract:

PURPOSE: Approximately 20% of adults use some kind of herbal; however, little data exists from population-based study or clinical trials to support effectiveness of most herbal products. Chamomile is a commonly used herb among older adults of Mexican origin. We examined the effects of herbal chamomile consumption on mortality among older adults of Mexican origin.

METHODS AND DESIGN: A sample from the Hispanic Established Populations for Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly, a population-based study of noninstitutionalized Mexican Americans aged 65 and older from five Southwestern states (Texas, California, New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona). We included all men and women from 2000 to 2007 (n = 1,677).

RESULTS: Chamomile was used by 14% of the sample. Cox proportional hazards regression analyses showed that chamomile was associated with a decreased risk of mortality in the total sample (hazard ratio [HR] 0.71, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.55-0.92) and for women (HR 0.67, 95% CI 0.49-0.92) but not for men. In models adjusted for sociodemographic variables, health behaviors, and chronic conditions, chamomile remained significantly associated with reduced mortality in women (HR 0.72, 95% CI 0.53-0.98).

IMPLICATIONS: The use of chamomile shows protective effects against mortality in this sample of older adults of Mexican origin for women. Further research is warranted in other populations to determine if these effects are consistent.

Study Type : Human Study

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