Planta Med 2013; 79(07): 580-590
DOI: 10.1055/s-0032-1328463
Women's Health
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Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Phytoestrogenic Potential of Cyclopia Extracts and Polyphenols

Ann Louw
1  Departments of Biochemistry, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, Matieland, South Africa
,
Elizabeth Joubert
2  Departments of Food Science, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, Matieland, South Africa
3  Post-Harvest and Wine Technology, ARC (Agricultural Research Council of South Africa) Infruitec-Nietvoorbij, Stellenbosch, South Africa
,
Koch Visser
1  Departments of Biochemistry, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, Matieland, South Africa
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Publikationsverlauf

received 14. Dezember 2012
revised 19. Februar 2013

accepted 14. März 2013

Publikationsdatum:
22. April 2013 (online)

Abstract

Cyclopia Vent. species, commonly known as honeybush, are endemic to Southern Africa. The plant is traditionally used as an herbal tea but several health benefits have recently been recorded. This minireview presents an overview of polyphenols found in Cyclopia and focusses on the phytoestrogenic potential of selected polyphenols and of extracts prepared from the plant.