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Top 10 Benefits of Honeysuckle

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Fruits from the honeysuckle vine are rich in phenolic compounds ranging from anthocyanins to antioxidants, which are powerful for your health in numerous ways
  • European honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) and Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) are the two main honeysuckle types, Japanese honeysuckle having been used historically in Chinese medicine to treat a variety of maladies
  • Honeysuckle fruit is rich in phenolic compounds comparable to those in blackberries, currants and blueberries, which a recent study says makes them a “valuable component of a healthy diet”
  • Chemoprevention, mitochondrial energy metabolism and the scavenging of reactive oxygen species (ROS) are some of the dramatic benefits the compounds in honeysuckle in all of its forms can relate to your health
  • Besides being antibacterial, antimicrobial and antibiotic, honeysuckle oil is used in numerous applications; you can use it for cleaning, bathing, aromatherapy and treating infections, which helps demonstrate how powerful it is

Upon hearing the word honeysuckle, most people may think of the perennial climbing vine that bears beautifully exotic orange, pink or white flowers that often grace fence posts and porch columns in a wide range of climates. As a plant, it has a high tolerance to cold, and it grows easily in even poor conditions and rocky soil.

But far beyond being an attractive flowering plant, new research from the Journal of Herbal Medicine shows that honeysuckle can also be described as a fruit or berry; it’s also a perennial fruit-bearing plant with many therapeutic properties that offer many potential health benefits.


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