Pandan is rich in vitamins (A, B-Riboflavin, B1-Thiamine, and C), minerals (calcium, iron, phosphorus), and antioxidants, which are known to help boost the immune system and prevent conditions like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. In 2020, research by National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) said, “the leaves have anti-microbial properties, diuretics, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties.” Additional preliminary research suggests the following:
- Decreases blood sugar: A 2015 scientific study in Bangkok showed that pandan has natural anti-hyperglycemic properties, which reduce blood sugar. Another study of 30 healthy adults who were given hot tea made from pandan following a standard oral (75-gram) blood sugar test revealed that those who drank the tea recovered better from the blood sugar test than those who only drank hot water.
- Heart Disease Prevention: Pandan is an excellent source of carotenoids, which are known to reduce the risk of developing atherosclerosis, the narrowing of the arteries of the heart due to plaque buildup.
- Pain Reduction: Oils are known to help with joint pain, arthritis, headaches, and earaches, which is also said to be true for drinking tea, but more research needs to be done.
- Calming & Promotes Sleep: Pandan helps calm the mind, reducing stress/anxiety, which can also encourage more restful sleep.
*Sources: Healthline, PNA, and WebMD