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Honeybush: A South African Treasure

One of its early recognized benefits of honeybush is its lack of caffeine, which makes it especially suited for night time consumption and for those who experience nervousness and want to avoid ordinary tea. As a result, it had a reputation as a calming beverage, though it may not have any specific sedative properties. It also has a low content of tannins, so it doesn’t make a highly astringent tea, which can be a problem with some grades of black or green tea or when ordinary tea is steeped too long.

Honeybush also contains flavones, isoflavones, coumestans, luteolin, 4- hydroxycinnamic acid, polyphenols, and xanthones. These ingredients serve as antioxidants and may help lower blood lipids. The isoflavones and coumestans are classified as phytoestrogens, used in the treatment of menopausal symptoms, an application for which honeybush has recently been promoted.

Other key health benefits of honeybush tea includes:

  • Caffeine-free
  • Very low tannin levels
  • It is very soothing and calms the central nervous system
  • Eases constipation
  • Can be applied topically to skin irritations
  • Full of antioxidants to guard against free radical attack
  • Contains polyphenols that boost the immune system and to help reduce the degenerative effects of lifestyle diseases
  • Rich in minerals such as iron, potassium, calcium, copper, zinc, magnesium, manganese, and sodium

Honeybush tea processes numerous properties that enhance the health of people that use it:

Isoflavones & Coumestans The dietary phyto-estrogen-hormone-dependant process. This is advantageous for:

  • Regulation of menstruation cycles
  • Prevention of breast, prostate and Uterus cancer
  • Reduces the risk of Osteoporosis
  • Anti-fungal properties
  • Anti-virus properties
  • Anticholesterolemic-lowers cholesterol levels
  • Hypolipemic-lowers fat levels
  • Anti-microbial
  • Anti-oxidant

Xanthones

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-hepatotoxic (works against kidney poisoning)
  • Anti-virus
  • Anti-diarrhea
  • Anti-fungus o Anti-oxidants
  • Anti-depressant

Flavones

  • Vitamin-type activity (mixture of eriodictyol and hesperidien)
  • Anti-oxidants
  • Anti-microbial
  • Anti-virus
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Spasmolytic
  • Diuretic (increases Urinating)
  • Non-feeding sweeteners

Research on Honeybush tea has only started recently in the 90’s and already great progress was made on testing and researching the medicinal values of this tea.

Honeybush tea improves the immune system – honeybush tea is a natural source of many antioxidants, including major phenolic compounds. Phenolic compounds play a significant role in protecting the immune system from oxidative stress, which could damage cells, according to a 2013 review published in “Nutrients.” Phenolic compounds also modulate the immune system, which helps the body’s natural defenses against infections. This may be responsible for the belief that honeybush tea is effective in relieving colds, influenza and other diseases (Livestrong).

Honey bush tea protects from inflammatory diseases – evidence also exists that the phenolic compounds in honeybush tea are able to reduce inflammation and prevent the development of chronic inflammatory diseases. Phenolic compounds have a direct effect on down-regulating the body’s inflammatory response, as demonstrated in inflamed intestinal cells similar to those seen in inflammatory bowel disease, according to a December 2010 study published in “Chemico-Biological Interactions.” This makes honeybush tea effective in providing short-term inflammatory relief as well as helping to prevent or ameliorate inflammatory diseases like IBD or Crohn’s disease (Livestrong)

Women’s Health – honeybush tea is valuable to women’s health, according to Montego Rooibos Herbal Tea, because it helps regulate periods and reduces the risk of osteoporosis and cancer of the breast and uterus (eHow).

Good for gastrointestinal health – people suffering from digestive problems can benefit from drinking honeybush tea. It can be taken to alleviate heartburn, nausea and constipation. It can also help cure constipation. It treats abdominal cramps and colic pain in infants (Natural Home Remedies).


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