Many of the experts agree that rooibos rivals green and black as both an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, protecting your cells from damage by free radicals and reducing inflammation. The tea is rich in minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, copper, fluoride, manganese, magnesium, zinc and alpha hydroxy acid. In fact, there is almost no part of your body that doesn’t benefit from rooibos tea.
Rooibos tea is naturally sweeter than other teas and needs to steep longer 1 tsp per cup is all that is needed and let it steep for 15 minutes. I add a bit of honey to the tea but it's pretty good just plain.
Polyphenols are organic chemicals praised for their antioxidant anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antimutagenic qualities
Lowers Blood Pressure:
Rooibos tea is a natural remedy to help relieve and prevent hypertension. It works by lowering the blood pressure. I have found it to be helpful.
Improves Bone Health:
Rooibos tea contains two specific flavonoids, orientin and luteolin, that increase mineral content in bones. Along with having no caffeine it makes it perfect for those who can't have caffeine.
Aspalathin is one of the rare antioxidants found in rooibos tea. It can help to balance blood sugar, improve insulin resistance and glucose absorption by muscles, and boosts the insulin secretion from the pancreas. This all adds up to an ideal defensive shield against developing type II diabetics.
The alpha hydroxy acid and zinc in this red tea are very good for the skin. Alpha-hydroxy acids are believed to reduce the signs of wrinkles. Rooibos tea is one of the very few natural sources of alpha hydroxy acid. You can apply the tea as a facial mask. It's worth a try....
Prevents Kidney Stones:
There is no oxalic acid in the rooibos tea so drink up.
This tea is available at the Co-Op in the Retail Store, I bought 1 pound bulk loose tea for under $10.00. If you join the Co-Op there is no shipping.
Word of Caution:
Rooibos is powerful, it may interfere with treatments for various conditions, including chemotherapy for cancer patients also, if you have hormone-sensitive cancer like breast cancer. As with any new drug or food talk to your doctor before adding it to your diet.
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