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Rooibos Tea

The Forgotten Miracle Healing Secret.

Aspalathin is a potent antioxidant, and it’s only found in Rooibos and no other food or beverage. It is a miraculous Self-Healing agent for nearly every conceivable health condition including painful legs, bones and joints.

I have been drinking it since birth for no other reason than it tasted so good. Either hot or cold it has a beautiful floral fragrance and a naturally sweet taste; then a few days ago I consciously thought about it, it is the one substance I have taken for granted for over 50 years – so I started to research Rooibos tea.

For 250,000 years, the Khoisan people of Southern Africa have enjoyed and used Rooibos tea as a miracle health herb. Rooibos used to grow exclusively in the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa and on a bush that is very unlike traditional tea plants. Farmers have started to plant it in various parts of the world, so ensure your Rooibos is organic to gain all the health benefits I’m going to mention below.

Nutrient Content

Rooibos tea is a good source of minerals like Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Copper, Zinc, and Magnesium. In many parts of the world, Rooibos is consumed for skin, hair and bone health because of its high mineral and alpha hydroxy acid content and is even given to children who are intolerant to dairy as an alternate calcium source and digestive health drink. Rooibos tea contains many minerals and nutrients in synergistic balance, so they work together for better absorption. For instance, it contains magnesium to balance and help the absorption of calcium, copper to balance and promote the absorption of zinc and others. Rooibos tea is synergistic with Vitamin C eaten from other sources, and when taken together, they are both better absorbed.

Rooibos tea benefits people suffering from painful legs. It contains highly effective antioxidants that fight an extensive range of diseases. There is almost no part of your body that doesn’t benefit from rooibos. For your information, the rooibos tea is not a real ‘tea’, and according to Rooibos Council in South Africa, it’s a herb while the fermented drink has red colour and it rich in health benefits.

Rooibos’s uses seem nearly endless, as it’s used to treat the following:

  • conditions of the heart and blood vessels including ‘hardening of the arteries’,
  • high cholesterol,
  • bone health,
  • painful legs,
  • premature ageing,
  • heart disease, and circulation problems,
  • diabetes,
  • certain types of cancer
  • cataracts,
  • hay fever,
  • peptic ulcer,
  • schizophrenia,
  • inflammation,
  • asthma,
  • gout,
  • viral infections,
  • chronic fatigue syndrome,
  • preventing cancer,
  • chronic diseases of the prostate.
  • wrinkle reduction

Antioxidants & Polyphenols

Polyphenols are compounds known for their antioxidant activity in the body. Rooibos tea has up to 50% more polyphenols and antioxidants than Green Tea and can be a great alternative with recent concerns about radiation levels in green tea.

It is exceptionally high in two unique polyphenols, including one that is only found in Rooibos called Aspalathin. It was also recently identified as a source of superoxide dismutase, a very powerful antioxidant. Research shows that these antioxidants protect against the effects of free radicals, which are the bad guys involved in causing most diseases. The South African Cancer Association has named Rooibos Tea as a leading source of anti-cancer compounds.

US Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. has confirmed the medicinal properties of “red” rooibos tea, and they have affirmed the benefits of drinking the tea including bone health, premature ageing, lower heart diseases, and other illnesses. In addition, since rooibos tea contains no oxalic acid, it’s safe to be consumed by those who suffer from kidney disease. Rooibos tea is rich in a wide variety of nutrition such as vitamins and minerals content like potassium, iron, copper, calcium, magnesium, manganese, alpha hydroxy acid, and zinc. The herbal tea also contains antioxidant properties such as nothofagin and aspalathin as well as the extraordinarily versatile plus potent phenolic compounds. Nothofagin and Aspalathin have significant benefits in the treatment of diabetic complications.

From your skin to your heart, to your bones, this high-antioxidant tea is nothing short of extraordinary.

Quercetin

Rooibos has also been identified as a source of the flavonoids luteolin and Quercetin, containing about 1.5 mg per cup. In lab tests, these flavonoids seem to have a protective effect against certain types of cancer and cause cancer cell death in lab studies. Quercetin is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant plant pigment (flavonoid).

Iron Absorption

Rooibos is often recommended during pregnancy and for those who are anaemic because it helps with the absorption of iron and other nutrients.

No Caffeine

Rooibos tea is naturally caffeine free, making it an excellent drink choice and antioxidant source for those avoiding caffeine and who can’t drink coffee or other teas. It also lacks tannins, which, although they are considered beneficial, some people can’t tolerate them. The lack of tannins is also why Rooibos does not have a slightly bitter taste like some other teas do.

No Oxalic Acid

Oxalic acid is a naturally occurring compound in teas, chocolate and some fruits and vegetables like raw leafy greens, but not in Rooibos. When the body is functioning optimally, oxalic acid is naturally eliminated through urine, but it can combine with minerals in the body to create oxalates, a type of salt crystal. These oxalates can build up in the body and may contribute to kidney stones, bladder stones and other problems like painful legs. Those who struggle with these problems are often told to avoid teas, and Rooibos is considered a safe alternative because of its lack of Oxalic acid.

Chrysoeriol

Rooibos contains a compound called Chrysoeriol which has been found to improve circulation. One of the rooibos’ benefits is that it’s excellent for your heart. The chrysoeriol, a flavonoid that decreases blood pressure, blood sugar and improves blood circulation, is also linked to lowering harmful cholesterol levels.

Heart health is especially important in patients with diabetes, like me. One common complication of diabetes is atherosclerosis, a form of arteriosclerosis that causes hardening and inflammation of the arteries caused by high glucose levels. Aspalathin and nothofagin, two chemical compounds present in rooibos tea, have significant effects on inflammation of the entire vascular system and are thought to be key in treating possible complications from diabetes relating to the heart.

Better Sleep

Rooibos also has naturally soothing properties that work on the central nervous system to promote relaxation. This is one reason it is often given to children in South Africa, but many also turn to it as a natural sleep aid and to help relieve insomnia. Another reason it may promote quality sleep is that it is often used as a caffeine-free substitute for traditional coffee and tea since removing caffeine also helps improve sleep quality.

Packed with Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant Properties

One of the root causes of disease across the board is blood inflammation. That, coupled with oxidative stress, which is free radical damage, can be attributed to painful legs and many diseases. I’ll say it repeatedly — feeding your body with nutrients that fight inflammation and oxidation is the best way to prevent infection. It will also build back your immune system.

Treats and May Prevent Diabetes

Strongly connected to rooibos’ ability to strengthen your heart is its direct effect on diabetes. When tested against both diabetes and cancer, rooibos tea showed “significant therapeutic potential for either the prevention of the onset of the two diseases or their progression,” according to research published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine. Fascinatingly, another study conducted by the Department of Applied Life Science at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology’s Graduate School of Agricultural Science focused specifically on the impact of aspalathin, finding a strong possibility that aspalathin has anti-diabetic potential explicitly. This research, along with further studies, show rooibos tea makes a great addition to any diabetic diet plan.

May Prevent Cancer

Remember quercetin, the plant pigment found in rooibos used to treat a ton of diseases? Many doctors report effectively prescribing it in supplement form to treat cancer, as it suppresses malignant tumour growth by stopping the processes involved in cell mutation. Also, rooibos tea seems to help the immune system produce antibodies necessary to prevent and heal from cancer, allergic reactions and even AIDS.

Aids in Digestion

The typical Western diet contributes to a surge of digestive disorders and problems not commonly found in other areas of the world that have healthier dietary practices. Your digestive system is susceptible to many issues that are made worse by diets rich in processed foods, chemicals and the other sneaky villains found in much of the food Westerners commonly eat and drink.

Drinking rooibos tea is one helpful way to maintain good gut health, especially if you suffer from frequent abdominal pain or diarrhoea. Several compounds found in the tea operate as anti-spasmodic nutrients, preventing abdominal pain and reducing the occurrence of diarrhoea.

Supports Strong Bones

Rooibos tea contains many minerals that support the growth of healthy bones, including manganese, calcium and fluoride. One well-known benefit is increased bone strength because Rooibos tea increases “osteoblast activity.” Osteoblasts are cells that create bone mass, so increased activity in these cells means that bones are stronger, denser and healthier. Rooibos tea contains two specific flavonoids, orientin and luteolin, that increase mineral content in bones.

Helps You Lose Weight

One of the three compounds that burn belly fat are polyphenols, antioxidants found in rooibos tea. Because of these flavonoids (one subset of polyphenols), rooibos tea is one of Dr Axe’s (one of my favourite online Doctors) favourite fat-burning foods, and he thinks it’s a great idea to use it in place of green or black tea to expand your wellness routine.

In a study to discover how the nutrients in rooibos tea fight obesity; South African researchers found that consuming rooibos caused increased leptin secretion. Leptin is known as the “satiety hormone” and is part of how your body knows it has had enough to eat. Rooibos tea also prevented new fat cells from forming and caused existing fat to metabolise faster, according to the findings published in Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology.

Treats Allergies

As I mentioned before, the same impact rooibos has on the immune system in fighting cancer also helps treat allergies. Quercetin is capable of blocking “mast cells,” which are immune cells critical in triggering allergic reactions. In fact, quercetin has a huge anti-allergenic potential and treats allergies as effectively as some prescribed medications without side effects. Interestingly, the bioflavonoids (another term for flavonoids) are useful both for treating seasonal allergy symptoms and food allergies, as well as asthma and skin reactions.

Keeps Skin and Hair Young

Many people throughout the world consume rooibos tea for its benefits for skin and hair, as the alpha hydroxy acid found in rooibos tea isn’t prevalent in other foods. This type of acid is safest when consumed in natural sources, rather than used in dangerous processed methods, such as chemical peels. Because of this alpha hydroxy acid and prevalent antioxidants, rooibos tea has a significant effect on wrinkle reduction. Also, its antioxidant properties protect hair follicles from damage.

Rooibos is sometimes used as a substitute for milk with colicky babies, says Alvaro Viljoen, PhD, of the department of pharmacy at the University of the Witwatersrand. And the health benefits of Rooibos are bound to make it a favourite, he says, as it’s rich in antioxidants, rich in vitamin C, caffeine-free, and low in tannins which are the residue in other teas that can sometimes cause digestive problems.

Rooibos tea is jam-packed with nutrients that should be a part of your diet. It’s a zero-calorie, fat reducing, immune building, a potent antioxidant, caffeine-free, low-tannin tea that has been used in South Africa for centuries. It contains 50 percent more antioxidants than those found in green tea and has been a much-loved alternative to other traditional beverages, both by South Africans and immigrants to the country.

How does a superhero relax? With a cup of rooibos‚ naturally. In the 2018 edition of Marvel’s She-Hulk‚ the eponymous hero is offered a cup of rooibos tea by psychiatrist Flo Mayer to “calm her down”.

Drink up, add a little fresh lemon juice or sweeten with raw honey or better still Manuka honey if you can find it and allow it to draw for 5 to 10 minutes.

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Michael Plumstead

 

These are beneficial websites where I gathered much of my information:

https://draxe.com/rooibos-tea/

https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/tao-of-tea#1

https://15healthbenefits.com/health-benefits-of-red-rooibos-tea/

https://wellnessmama.com/69524/rooibos-tea/

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/beverage/health-benefits-of-red-rooibos-tea.html