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Honeybush Tea Health Benefits

Posted by Ashlynn D.

April 17, 2014 at 10:16 AM

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What is Honeybush Tea?

Honeybush is a native shrub to South Africa. It has a distinctive yellow-amber color, and gives off the fresh scent of honey from its leaves. The Honeybush leaves have been used by South African locals for centuries, to make herbal tea.

What Are the Benefits of Honeybush Tea?

Honeybush has a variety of benefits that have been known in Africa for centuries but are not very well known in North America. Afterall, the commercialization of Honeybush tea in North America is just gaining ground.

Here are some of the wonders of Honeybush Tea:

Low Level of Tannins

Tea tannins are a group of plant compounds also known as polyphenols.  Honeybush Teas, on average, have tannin levels of 0.45%. This is extremely low considering most teas have tannins between 15-30%.

While it is arguable that tannins have some health benefits, they may pose health risks to some individuals. Such health risks include:

  • Decreasing the body’s ability to absorb iron
  • Reduces energy
  • Negatively impact the digestion of proteins
  • Interferes with the digestion of starch

Caffeine Free

Honeybush teas do not have caffeine. This makes it a great tea for when you are sensitive to caffeine, or simply do not want to drink a caffeinated drink. Decaffeinated teas, like Honeybush, are also great options for pregnant women, people with anxiety disorders, and people with heart conditions.

Safe for Children

South African locals have used Honeybush for years to help colic in children. Because Honeybush is caffeine-free and rich in antioxidants, it is completely safe for children.

A Choice for Nursing Mothers

Honeybush tea is said to help stimulate the milk production in mothers who are nursing. Rumor has it that South African dairy farmers provide their cows with Honeybush tea, to help stimulate milk production.

Helps Women with Menopause

Honeybush has phytoestrogens. This form of estrogen is a natural occurring chemical group that is found in plants. Phytoestrogens have been known to help relieve women of menopause-like symptoms like hot flashes.

Hypoglycemic

One of the wonders of Honeybush teas are that they help reduce blood sugar. This makes it an effective drink for individuals who suffer with diabetes.

Anti-Everything

Honeybush tea does not just help combat one specific health issue – instead it helps with a variety of health problems. The tea acts as an:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-microbial
  • Anti-cholesterolmic
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-depressant

Honeybush is not like your everyday tea. It has a variety of benefits that can help people of all ages and with all health conditions.

Topics: Nutrition

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