Honeybush tea is a South African herbal drink made from the honeybush plant (Cyclopia spp.). The unique name of this drink comes from the sweet taste and aroma resembling honey. Besides having a delicious taste, honeybush tea is also considered to provide a number of health benefits.
Drinks similar to rooibos tea are caffeine-free and contain several kinds of minerals such as calcium, iron, and zinc. Like other herbal drinks, honeybush tea is also rich in antioxidant compounds with a myriad of benefits for the body.
Various benefits of honeybush tea
Various studies have been conducted to test the efficacy of substances contained in honeybush tea. Here are some of the potential for health.
1. Relieve the esophagus
Honeybush tea has always been used as an herbal medicine to relieve symptoms of colds, colds, to respiratory infections and tuberculosis. This drink is also believed to relieve uncomfortable throat due to phlegm buildup.
This is because honeybush plants contain expectorants which can thin phlegm. This plant is usually boiled and given to people who are sick, similar to the presentation of modern honeybush tea.
2. Protect body cells from damage
Honeybush tea is very rich in polyphenol antioxidant compounds, especially from the types of xanthones and flavanone. Both have the potential to prevent inflammation in the body and inhibit tumor cell growth.
Other antioxidants in honeybush tea also have other benefits, namely protecting the body from damage caused by free radicals. Thanks to this, antioxidants are considered to help reduce the risk of various chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer.
3. Controlling blood sugar in diabetics
Honeybush tea contains antioxidant compounds mangiferin and hesperidin. According to a number of animal studies, mangiferin can reduce blood sugar by stimulating the production of the hormone insulin and repairing damaged pancreatic cells.
Meanwhile, hesperidin can help lower blood sugar by increasing the function of enzymes that regulate the absorption of sugar in the body. This compound also protects pancreatic cells from free radical damage.
Not only that, a recent study in the journal Molecules also mentioned that mangiferin and hesperidin might prevent diabetes complications. The complications of diabetes in question include damage to the kidneys and nervous system.
4. Maintain healthy skin
In addition to drinking it directly, you can also get the benefits of honeybush tea by rubbing it on the skin. One study mentioned that honeybush tea extract has a substance that can protect the skin from UV rays.
The researchers gave honeybush plant extract supplements to 120 participants who had wrinkles around the eyes. After three months, wrinkles in them are much less than those who did not take supplements.
Other studies have also suggested that honeybush extract might prevent skin thickening and sunburn marks. This herb increases the flexibility of the skin and retains moisture so that the skin looks youthful.
5. Maintain bone health
Drinks for bone health are usually synonymous with milk. However, who would have thought, honeybush tea also has benefits for bone health. This benefit again comes from its antioxidant content, namely mangerin and hesperidin.
Periodically, osteoclast cells in the bone will break down bone tissue to take up the minerals in it. The process must be balanced with the formation of osteoblasts, the cells that will form new bone tissue.
If the formation of osteoclasts is faster than osteoblasts, bones will be prone to loss. Mangiferin can inhibit osteoclast formation, whereas hesperidin helps bone recovery by protecting osteoblasts from damage.
6. Relieve symptoms of menopause
Menopause can cause disturbing symptoms, ranging from irregular menstruation, heat to the body, to changes the mood drastically. These symptoms occur because the hormone estrogen decreases all the time.
Honeybush tea contains antioxidant isoflavones which are as phytoestrogens. That is, this compound can mimic the hormone estrogen in the body. Consumption of isoflavones may be able to overcome the symptoms of menopause due to decreased natural estrogen hormone.
Like herbal drinks in general, honeybush tea is rich in antioxidants and various plant compounds that provide benefits for the body. These compounds even help protect body cells from damage and risk of disease.
So far, there have been no reports of side effects from drinking honeybush tea. This drink can be consumed regularly, but make sure you boil it with boiling water to prevent the risk of mixing it with other ingredients from the production process.
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