Is this super tea so much healthier than coffee?

I’m not anti-coffee, just looking for healthy alternatives. The best tea?

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I drink coffee every day and love it in the mornings. I like the smell the taste the feeling. It’s just that I have to check my caffeine intake due to my atrial fibrillation.

My family has used Rooibos tea for ages. I grew up with it. I never knew how healthy it actually was until I did some research. So in my quest to find a healthy alternative for coffee, I re-discovered Rooibos tea.

Rooibos tea is a natural angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. This helps regulate blood pressure and as a bonus also boost heart health according to this study.

Another part of the Rooibos tea health benefits is that it contains Quercetin which is a powerful antioxidant. It cannot be produced by the human body so one way to get it in is with a cup of Rooibos tea.

It is totally CAFFEINE FREE, no it is not some sort of decaffeinated version of rooibos, the real “thing” is NATURALLY CAFFEINE FREE! This may be one of the most important health benefits of “redbush” tea.

For my afib heart, that is very good news. I know that the jury is still out about if too much coffee can trigger an afib attack, maybe or maybe not. With “Redbush” you are certain — there’s no caffeine. I drink coffee daily, but also enjoy the benefits of Rooibos tea also known as “red bush tea” a few times a day -STRESS AND CAFFEINE FREE. Are you worried about taking in too much caffeine? Try ROOIBOS TEA. That’s not all.

Rooibos tea acts as a bronchodilator which increases airflow to the lungs. Just drinking one cup of Rooibos tea can also inhibit the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) which helps to regulate blood pressure and boosts heart health as mentioned above. Drinking Rooibos tea also mitigates dangerous cardiovascular diseases like possible heart attacks and atherosclerosis.

There’s not much to say here. It’s harvested under the African sky, left to dry, cut up and packaged. There is nothing taken away or added. The goodness you get from it is naturally present in Rooibos.

Nutrients like quercetin and bioflavonoids are found in Rooibos.

Because of its zero caffeine content, it can be taken late at night. Because of this, it is not just very suitable for babies and infants but also for breastfeeding mothers. No negative effects of Rooibos tea have ever been recorded.

In a study on mouse skin, it was found that Rooibos tea inhibited skin tumor formation. Processed rooibos showed a 75% inhibition and unprocessed rooibos 60% inhibition of skin tumors.

According to this study conducted by the SA Medical Research Council (SAMRC) “Our research found that an aspalathin-enriched extract of green Rooibos effectively lowered raised blood glucose levels in diabetic rats.”

Also “Aspalathin is a unique phenolic compound (an element produced by the plant to help protect itself from negative environmental factors), found only in the Rooibos plant (Aspalathus linearis), which has been shown to contribute significantly to the biological benefits of Rooibos,” explains Prof Muller.

In this study by SAMRC it was found that “Rooibos tea is a rich source of dietary antioxidants, including flavonoids, such as dihydrochalcone glucoside, aspalathin and nothofagin. Aspalathin, in particular, helps to modify hormones in the body and reduces the output of adrenal hormones specifically, thus reducing stress and helping to inhibit metabolic disorders”

Scientists have found a strong connection between this disease and insulin resistance in the brain, also known as Type 3 diabetes and a precursor to Alzheimer’s.

If you have never heard about Nothofagin it is a dihydrochalcone. It is a C-linked phloretin glucoside found in rooibos (Aspalathus linearis). It is an antioxidant and also just found in the New Zealand red beech tree.

As mentioned previously the plant species Aspalathus linearis (Rooibos) contains aspalathin which is a C-linked dihydrochalcone glucoside and it has many properties including antioxidant properties. It is the key “substance” that makes Rooibos unique.

Because of its phenolic content, it is prescribed for asthma and topical allergic reactions of various types.

Because Rooibos is high in quercetin it can help to calm inflammation and also prevent diseases caused by it. Inflammation is known to cause many diseases in the body. Inflammation is related to heart issues, skin diseases, and joint pains.

Minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium are naturally found in Rooibos tea.

Rooibos tea health benefits may only sound like “traditional medicine” but many studies have shown that there are proven health benefits to use Rooibos tea. One of these benefits is it’s antispasmodic benefits as shown in this study, by Anwarul Hassan Gilani and others. Some of the quotes include “makes Rooibos tea a useful gastroprotective herbal beverage” and “Thus, this study provides a scientific basis for the medicinal use of Rooibos tea in hyperactive gut disorders. “

To name a few, Manganese, calcium, and fluoride. It also has two flavonoids namely orientin and luteolin which also increase the mineral content in bones.

Rooibos extracts have the ability to remove precancerous damaged cells and also block the onset of inflammation. According to Prof Gelderblom of CPUT, this is why Rooibos can do it
“It does so by stopping the multiplication of cancerous cells and removing these cells through programmed cell death, in other words, prompting them to commit suicide”

Rooibos tea does not contain any oxalic acid, which increases your risk of kidney stones, and therefore consuming Rooibos tea instead of Black tea or green tea will decrease your risk of getting kidney stones.

Because of the antioxidants that are present in rooibos they will slow down the aging process and boost the immune system.

A study by Prof Jeanine Marnewick found the following
“that Rooibos plays a preventative role in exercise-induced oxidative stress. In other words, Rooibos’ abundance of antioxidants works in unison to resist cell damage which often occurs during high-intensity bursts of exercise “

According to Prof Simeon Davies
“that these studies have demonstrated that during repeated exhaustive exercise bouts Rooibos can reduce physical fatigue allowing for improved performance — both crucial factors in sport. “

Rooibos contains no fat or carbohydrates. Along with that, it inhibits fat storage hormones within the body. Aspalathin which is a rare bioflavonoid present in Rooibos helps reduce stress hormones that trigger hunger and fat storage. It is also naturally sweet so there is no need to add extra sugar, I drink mine with just one teaspoon of sugar or honey.

  1. Boil the water.
  2. Pour the water in a cup.
  3. Put in your favorite brand of pure rooibos tea.
  4. Leave it for 3–4 minutes.
  5. Take out the teabag (U can use it for many things — a great story for another day)
  6. Add sugar, honey or any sweetener and milk if you want to.
  7. ENJOY!

THERE IS NO SPECIAL METHOD! Blogger, Tetralogy of Fallot(TOF), AFIB(Atrial fibrillation) and panic! survivor. Mountain Biker.Married and father of 2.South African.

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