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Rooibos tea benefits

Rooibos Tea Benefits

Rooibos tea has been enjoyed for hundreds of years in South Africa. Rooibos is translated as “red bush” and pronounced “roy-boss”. It is slowly making its way into the teacups of many other nations around the world who are enjoying its taste and healthful benefits. The facts about rooibos tea are just too compelling to ignore!

Rooibos is a small flowering shrub that grows in the arid Western Cape of South Africa. The indigenous peoples would pick the leaves and stems, break them with wooden hammers, ferment them and then dry them in the sun. Nowadays modern machinery is used but the steps from bush to teacup are still the same.

This tea is not the same as green tea or black tea. Rooibos tea contains many antioxidants, with some reports stating 50 times as many as green tea. However, the antioxidants in this South African tea differ from the antioxidants in green and black tea. As well, Rooibos tea contains no caffeine and is very low in tannins.

There are two types of rooibos tea available – red and green. The red rooibos is the fermented variety of this tea. When brewed it has a deep, red color. The green, unfermented variety and is claimed to have even more health benefits than the red variety. It brews a light honey color.

Studies and research have been performed in test tubes and on animals and results have shown some wonderful healing properties. The key benefits of Rooibos tea established so far through these studies include preventing cancer, enhancing liver enzymes, and an increase in antioxidants in the liver. The polyphenol content of Rooibos tea shows great promise in helping with chronic degenerative diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and premature aging.

The peoples of South Africa have known of its healing benefits for many years and have traditionally used it for:

Allergies and Hayfever – This tea is high in antioxidants called flavonoids. Flavonoids have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects and reduce allergic responses and histamine release.

Skin Complaints – A steeped teabag can be used topically and the tea can be consumed internally, which may promote healing in certain skin complaints. Phenolic carboxylic acids such as alpha-hydroxy acids, may be the factor in the improvement of skin conditions. Traditionally rooibos tea has been used for eczema, dermatitis, acne, psoriasis, diaper rash and sunburn. Decreased itching has been noted when drinking the tea as well.

Digestive Complaints – The tea contains the flavonoids quercetin and luteolin, which have antispasmodic effects. This would explain why the tea has been used for colic in babies, for stomach upset and for nausea.

Restful sleep – Rooibos tea does not contain caffeine and is low in tannins. South Africans use the tea to promote restful sleep and to aid in insomnia complaints.

Minerals – This tea has traditionally been used as a fluid replacement throughout the day in South Africa. It is a good source of trace minerals calcium, copper, fluoride, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc. This makes it useful to replace lost electrolytes after sweating or strenuous physical activity. Just as the South Africans, we should make a habit of drinking Rooibos tea daily for our health and well being!

Herbal tea and weight loss benefit

Herbal Tea and Weight Loss Benefit

People always link together herbal tea and weight loss. There is no problem with that. That is exactly true but not all teas have weight loss benefits. Teas are originally created in Asia as a medicinal beverage. This is because teas have health benefits that are gained by people who imbibe it.

What are the common benefits that you get from drinking tea? There are actually many but we can only talk briefly the top 5.

First benefit, it reduces the threat of having heart ailments and stroke. This is because tea contains antioxidants that lessen the LDL cholesterol levels, thus making your arteries free from clogging up.

Second benefit, it protects you from premature aging and from the harsh effects of toxins and other pollutants from the surrounding. Free radicals are being rebuffed by your system because of the essential nutrients that are from the natural ingredients of tea.

Third benefit, it fortifies your immune system. Thus, tea drinkers are protected from any viral and bacterial infections. This is also due to the alkylamine antigens content of teas, so your body is protected from any kinds of infection.

Fourth benefit, it alleviates you from nervous tension, insomnia and even fussiness. Teas have a relaxing and soothing effect in the body.

Fifth benefit, it assists digestion and intensifies your metabolism. This benefit is the reason why you will lose weight because your calories and stored fat will be burned up and utilized. The tannins present in the tea aid your digestive system. The catechins are able to torch down the stored fats.

What are the best teas that aid weigh loss? There are so many teas that can give you the health benefits that you need. You have so many choices that are available in the market. You can have green tea, chamomile, seaweed, cayenne, Alfalfa, blackberry leaf, Peppermint, Rosehip, Licorice root, Dandelion, Fenugreek, and others. So as you can see herbal tea and weight loss should not be exclusively associated to one another because there are other benefits that one can get from drinking tea.

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Green tea benefits – a guide to the health benefits of green tea

Green Tea Benefits – A guide to the health benefits of Green Tea

Green tea has enjoyed considerable attention in western countries lately due to its claimed health properties. This attention doesn’t come as a surprise to people living in Asian countries like China and Japan who have been enjoying the benefits of green tea for more than 4000 years.

However many companies have recognised the interest in green tea health benefits and created a range of green tea related supplements. Sometimes these companies make unproven claims about the health benefits of their products.

How is green tea better than other types of tea?

There are 3 main types of tea:

  • Black Tea – made by exposing the tea leaves to air, heat, crushing and light
  • Green Tea – Leaves are steamed or heated quickly to stop them oxidizing
  • Oolong Tea – This is in-between, is not processed for as long as black tea but more than green tea

Because Green Tea hasn’t oxidized as much as other teas and it’s subjected to less fermentation and processing it usually contains higher levels of antioxidants and other health giving properties.  However there are different grades of green tea and the levels of antioxidants present in the finished product depend on how, where and when it was picked.

What are the main benefits of green tea?

The main reason green tea provides health benefits to drinkers is the high levels of powerful natural antioxidants, called ‘Polyphenol’. Green tea is loaded with particular a type of Polyphenol called ‘Catechins’.

There is no doubt that there are many green tea benefits, however there have not been enough quality scientific studies to prove all claimed benefits beyond doubt. Depending on your views on conventional western science verses traditional Chinese medicine, some of the benefits below may be seen as potential benefits.

Green tea benefits include:

  • Reducing cholesterol levels
  • Aiding weight loss
  • Reducing risks of cancer
  • Helping to stabilize diabetes
  • Slowing down the ageing process
  • Improving levels of healthy bacteria
  • Improving mouth and dental health
  • Replenishing skin

It is the same chemical, the catechins, which provide all these green tea benefits. The antioxidants in green tea are able to eliminate and neutralize dangerous free radicals (caused by oxidzination) present in the body. People are more exposed to free radicals in modern, polluted environments.

Another benefit of green tea is its ability to increase the rate of the bodies’ metabolism, which in turns speeds up fat oxidation – this encourages weight loss.
How much green tea do I need to drink?

Most of the studies have shown that you need to drink approximately 3 cups of green tea a day to get enough antioxidants to achieve the health benefits above.

Where should I buy green tea?

Don’t just go for the cheapest tea from your local supermarket. It’s often been grown in less than perfect conditions and may provide less health benefits. Buy loose tea from a specialist tea/coffee store or online shop. These people are experts and understand the different varieties of green tea available.

Green tea – the negative effects of overusing

Green Tea – the Negative Effects of Overusing

Caffeine and Pregnancy: Health advises pregnant women to limit their caffeine intake to 300 mg per day, as caffeine has been associated with an increased risk of miscarriage and underweight at birth are related.

Oxalate kidney and Damage: Tea contains an organic acid, which can cause kidney damage if oxalate over consumed. Again, this effect is very unlikely because it requires large amounts of tea can cause damage to occur.

Allergies: People with known allergic or hypersensitivity to caffeine or tannin shouldn’t drink green tea. In addition, skin rashes and hives have been reported with caffeine intake.

If you are treated to one of the following medications, you should talk to your doctor before drinking large amounts of G-Tea or taking G-Tea extract.

Aspirin – Preventing platelets from clotting and to some extent, so is green tea. The combination of both may increase the risk of bleeding without clotting.

Adenosine is a medication used for stabilizing an irregular heart rhythm. G-Tea may inhibit it from working properly. This medication is usually only used in a hospital.

Clozapine – The anti-psychotic effect of clozapine, a drug may be reduced if taken less than 40 minutes after drinking tea.

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) in combination with inhibitors of MAO (used to treat depression); G-Tea can cause a significant increase in blood pressure.

Lithium is a medicine used to treat depression. Green tea has been shown to reduce the level of lithium in the blood, may interfere with the drug.

Blood thinners – Green tea contains vitamin K, which may offset the fact anticoagulant warfarin.

Final Word on G-Tea Side Effects – Don’t be alarmed in the slightest by these side effects. The fact is, Oolong tea is far good than harm, and, unless you drink enough to almost drown yourself, you won’t see any negative effects at all.

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