Chamomile tea, most widely known for its ability to aid in sleep, might be more powerful than previously believed. According to a new study from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston, women who drink chamomile tea may lower their risk of premature death over time.

Although Western culture has been slow to pick up on chamomile's benefits, it has been used medicinally in Mexico for thousands of years. In order to study the health benefits that come with regularly consuming the tea, researchers followed 1,700 Mexican-Americans from five states in the Southwest over a period of seven years.

They researchers found that the women who regularly drank chamomile tea were 29 percent less likely to die during the study period than those who didn't drink any of the tea. However, mysteriously, no such effect was present in men.

"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. This difference may be due to traditional gender roles whereby women manage the day-to-day activities of the household, including family health, and may also reflect greater reliance on folk remedies such as herbs," wrote study author Bret Howry of the UTMB department of family medicine in a press release.

Meanwhile, a different drink may have similar effects on men's longevity. A 110-year-old Nebraska man has been in the news recently for claiming that his longevity stems from his daily practice of drinking a single can of beer at 3 p.m. He might not be wrong: Studies have shown that moderate drinkers live longer on average than both heavy drinkers and non-drinkers.

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