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Red Tea, Honeybush, & Chamomile

Studies on the growth of human cancer cells in a Petri dish suggest herbal tea benefits.

September 1, 2008 |
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But so anyways, not all herbal tea is good for you. You’ve heard about white, green, and black, What about red tea? How many say harmful??? Harmless??? Helpful??? Wonderful stuff.

Honeybush, another African herbal tea. Who’s going to guess harmful??? Harmless??? Helpful??? Wonderful stuff. How do these all compare with one another?

Honeybush: not as good as red, which is not as good as green, and green tea has more than just antioxidants. It’s got teanine which we just found out enhances gamma delta T lymphocyte function, which means green tea may not only decrease your risk of cancer but also, the common cold.

Even camomile—which isn’t even a dark green leafy at all. This year, this little flower in a, battle royale against various human cancer cells. Here’s camomile kicking butt against prostate cancer, cervical cancer, fibrosarcoma, colon cancer, and breast cancer cells. The more camomile they add the more cancer growth rates drop. Now that’s flower power!

So, don’t just stop and smell the flowers, drink them too.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Dianne Moore.

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Dr. Michael Greger

Doctor's Note

Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other “HHH” videos (Harmful, Harmless, or Helpful?). Also, there are over a thousand subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

Also be sure to check out my associated blog posts for more context: Breast Cancer and Diet, Hibiscus tea: flower powerSoymilk: shake it up!, Treating PMS with Saffron, and Hibiscus Tea: The Best Beverage?

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/mgreger/ Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other “HHH” videos (Harmful, Harmless, or Helpful?). Also, there are over a thousand subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

    For an update, check out my blog post Hibiscus tea: flower power.

    • NewTeaDrinker

      Hi Dr Greger

      Please can you help me by clearing up the facts on
      Green Rooibos. I’ve seen outrageous claims this can contain 100x more antioxidants than regular Rooibos. Does Green Rooibos contain the same benefits as regular green tea? I prefer the taste of Rooibos!

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/myjolina/ Laura Scalia

    Hi Doctor Greger
    I am having trouble digesting my teas – really tends to irritate my bowels – is there something going on chemically? Is there something that I can eat with the tea to help with the digestion?
    thanks

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/myjolina/ Laura Scalia

    Do you think there is a big difference in the quality of teas – so that if I am buying my tea from a dollar store as opposed to a Teapoia store found in our local Mall- would there be a big difference?
    thanks

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/poxacuatl/ Poxacuatl

    Didn’t know chamomile was so beneficial. That’s wonderful!

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Also be sure to check out my associated blog post Breast Cancer and Diet!

  • Maxim

    What about coumarin in chamomile and in other herbal teas? Is it as big a concern as in Chinese cinnamon?

  • Sylvia

    Still waiting for your response on wether there are studies about the safety of amla in conjunction with Taxol chemotherapy!