Honeybush pure tea cutHoneybush tea contains no caffeine and prevents cold and allergies. It is high in vitamins and antioxidants, relieves stomach ailments and helps in smooth functioning of the intestines.
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.
Protects You 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.
Honeybush tea has phytoestrogenic properties, making it behave like estrogen in the body, according to a 2006 study by researchers at the University of Stellenbosch. Phytoestrogenic activity, combined with anecdotal evidence, suggests that honeybush tea is effective in relieving menopausal symptoms in women. The phytoestrogenic attributes of the tea may also be useful in protecting the body against osteoporosis, heart disease and certain hormone-related cancers.
Inhibits Tumor Growth
Honeybush tea may also have an effect on the inhibition of tumor growth, reports a June 2005 study published in “Cancer Letters.” In the study, mice were subjected to treatment from extracts of green tea, honeybush tea and rooibos tea after being given a tumor promoting agent. Green tea appeared to be the most effective, exhibiting 100 percent tumor growth inhibition, but unprocessed honeybush extract was the second most effective, exhibiting 90 percent tumor growth inhibition. Honeybush tea also significantly protects against certain types of mutagenesis in the liver, states a March 2004 study published in “Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis.”
Use: 1 teaspoon. The water temperature of 80-85 degrees. Extraction time 7-10 minutes.