I didn’t know (but I just found out)… that Red Rooibos tea can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and more.
Red Rooibos (RR) contains a high level of minerals and antioxidants, including copper, iron, potassium, calcium, fluoride, zinc, manganese, alpha-hydroxy (great for the skin), and magnesium. It acts as an anti-spasmodic agent to relieve stomach cramps and colic in infants, boosts the immune system, and helps with nervous tension, allergies, and digestive problems. The Western world has a fascination with all things exotic, and RR is no exception.
(red rooibos cut leaf)
Rooibos tea (pronounced roo-ee-bosh), which originates in the Cederberg province near Cape Town, South Africa, isn’t technically a tea at all. It is a robust herbal tisane, (the catch-all term for any non-caffeinated beverage made from the infusion of herbs, spices, or other plant material), and its flavor has a sweet, almost nutty quality. It is caffeine-free and antioxidant-rich.
Health Benefits Of Red Rooibos Tea
Aspalathin, one of the flavonoids it contains, carries many health benefits:
Balances blood sugar
Improve glucose tolerance
Increases glucose absorption in muscle
Increases insulin secretion in the pancreas
For all of these reasons, this flavonoid reduces your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Red Rooibos doesn’t stop there. It also contains the super-antioxidant compound quercetin noted for promoting heart health. Chronic inflammation is tied to virtually every life-threatening illness, and quercetin acts as both an anti-inflammatory and as an anti-cancer agent.
Studies have shown RR has great heart health benefits:
• Reduced cholesterol oxidation, a primary cause of heart disease
• Lowered levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol
• Increased levels of HDL (good) cholesterol
Making Rooibos Spiced Chai
We’ve been using RR Spiced Chai Tea and are loving the rich, exotic taste. Chai, with all the warming organic spices (cinnamon chips, orange peel, fennel, ginger, cloves, bay, and peppercorns), gives added health benefits on top of the red rooibos!
To make this winning combo, pour your mug or cup 3/4-full with piping hot RR Spiced Chai tea, stir in a dollop of raw honey to dissolve, and then top with raw (if possible) whole milk or cream. I believe you will be able to say it is “Better than Starbucks”. My favorite is to drink it with my quick, no-cook coconut snowballs.
For another naturally sweet treat we also love the Ginger Snap Tea on a chilly winter day. The ingredients include Ginger root, RR, Cloves, Fennel seed, Licorice root, Stevia herb, Orange peel, and Cinnamon chips (all organic).
RR is distinctively red when held up to the light.
Japanese researchers have confirmed red tea’s anti-viral… anti-mutagenic… and anti-allergic properties, in addition to its anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory powers.
Instead of sodas and high-sugar fruit juices, go for a nutrient-packed cup of red tea! As Hippocrates remarked in his credo “Let thy food (in this case, tea) be thy medicine.”
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