Honeybush Tea Stops Fat Accumulation

Exciting new research published in the journal Phytomedicine found that honeybush tea (both fermented and non-fermented varieties) inhibits fat accumulation in cellular and animal models of obesity. In other words, it prevents the body from storing more fat and may even help breakdown existing fat.

The researchers studied two different varieties of honeybush tea:  tea made from Cyclopia maculate and Cyclopia subternata as well as fermented and non-fermented types. Neither the species nor fermentation type had an effect on fat accumulation. All types of honeybush tea tested prevented fat accumulation.

Researchers attribute the results to the plants’ naturally-high amounts of substances called polyphenols, which have inhibited fat storage in animals in other studies. They authors of the study concluded that both species of honeybush tea have “potential as anti-obesity agents.”

The flowers, leaves, and stems of the honeybush plant have been used for centuries to treat various health conditions.  It is a sister of the more popular rooibos tea, both of which are indigenous to South Africa. Honeybush has a honey-like taste and is naturally caffeine-free. It is delicious hot or cold as an iced tea.

According to additional research by the Department of Chemistry at the University of the Orange Free State, honeybush tea also contains other therapeutic substances, including: pinitol, which is an effective expectorant and has shown anti-diabetic activity; isoflavones, which help regulate menstrual cycles and have been found to be helpful in the prevention of various cancers; flavones, which are natural anti-inflammatories and have anti-viral properties; and xanthones, which are also anti-inflammatory.

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Kay Martin
Kay M.2 years ago

Thank you Michelle for the article, and thanks to Alister for clarifying more information on the tea and its benefits,. I also thank the 118 care 2 members that commented on this article, I enjoyed reading all of them.

Alister Frayne
Alister Frayne2 years ago

Just expanding on this topic - full disclosure: I am one of the co-founders of Wild Mountain Tea Co - a joint Canadian/South African venture dedicated to Honeybush. Please visit us at www.honeybushhealth.com. We cultivate, harvest (sustainably), process and import our own single-source pure, organic Honeybush from our own tea estate in South Africa (The Heights Tea Estate). We have the biggest single cultivation operation in South Africa, an operation which is dedicated to preserving the wild stock (the plant is actually endangered, largely due to unregulated and unsustainable harvesting from the wild). Cool thought, unlike tea purchased via "tea brokers", when you get our tea, it's directly from "our source, to your cup"
It might interest everyone to know that apart from the possible "fat" health benefits shown in this recent study, there are also studies which show Honeybush has a remarkable and positive effect on blood sugars and cholesterol. Of course, as a legume, the plant is also loaded with anti-oxidants, and other beneficial plant compounds.
Bonus - unlike most things which are good for you, Honeybush is quite delicious tasting - better than Rooibos IMHO, slightly sweeter, with less tannins (obviously I'm a convert).
Check it out America, you're likely to hear more about this ancient African herb as the debate about Obesity, Diabetes and pre-Diabetes heats up!

Alister Frayne
Alister Frayne2 years ago

This is a delicious, and healthy tea
read more at www.lilactearoom.com

Lynda Whitney
L W.2 years ago

Thanks, I am going to give it a try soon !

Jac West
Jac West2 years ago

I am a great believer that there are cures out there in plants and trees for many ailments just waiting to be discovered or investigated further..

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton2 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Anne L.
laurence h.2 years ago

good to know!

Elisa F.
Elisa F.2 years ago

Thanks for the info...will be trying this soon.

Brian M.
Past Member 2 years ago

Good article. How does honeybush tea compare to matcha green tea in terms of antioxidant activity?

Pamela Mitchell-Kent

Never heard of this one before, but I will surely be buying some next chance I get! Sounds too good to be true with all those other health benefits.