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Molecules 2018, 23(12), 3207;

The Potential of South African Herbal Tisanes, Rooibos and Honeybush in the Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Redox Biology Research Unit, Department of Biochemistry, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti 371010, Nigeria
Department of Biochemistry, Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State 232101, Nigeria
Department of Pre-Clinical Sciences, University of Limpopo, Sovenga 0727, South Africa
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Academic Editors: Jianbo Wan and Ligen Lin
Received: 17 September 2018 / Revised: 21 November 2018 / Accepted: 30 November 2018 / Published: 5 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Natural Products in Prevention and Treatment of Metabolic Syndrome)
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Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disease that can lead to high morbidity, mortality and long-term complications. Available treatment strategies, which are mainly based on treating hyperglycemia, with insulin and other pharmacological agents are not completely efficient and can even lead to development of unwanted side effects. Scientific evidence suggests that bioactive compounds from teas and other plant-based foods, which are known source of natural antioxidants, could be an attractive strategy to preferentially treat and manage type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and thus, have significant therapeutic implications. In this review, we attempt an in-depth analysis and discussion of the current progress in our understanding of the antidiabetic potential of two commercialized South Africa herbal tisanes—Rooibos and Honeybush and their polyphenols. View Full-Text
Keywords: tea; rooibos; honeybush; polyphenol; type 2 diabetes tea; rooibos; honeybush; polyphenol; type 2 diabetes
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Ajuwon, O.R.; Ayeleso, A.O.; Adefolaju, G.A. The Potential of South African Herbal Tisanes, Rooibos and Honeybush in the Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Molecules 2018, 23, 3207.

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