Did you know Rooibos (pronounced as ROY-bos) is an herbal tea that can help regulate blood sugar and is known to help lower blood pressure? Rooibos is just one of the ingredients in the all-natural organic EPXbody Detox Tea blend. More about my sponsor at the end of this post.
What is Rooibos tea?
Rooibos is an indigenous plant (Aspalathus Linearis, the botanical name) is often called “red tea” or “red bush tea” because of the bright red colour the leaves become during fermentation (oxidation) to enhance their flavour and aroma. Rooibos thrives almost exclusively in the Cedarberg region of South Africa.
The Rooibos leaves are used to brew a sweet and mild-tasting medicinal tea. Rooibos is considered healthier than Black or Green Tea, and it’s because of these associated health properties that it is gaining worldwide popularity.
Rooibos tea is naturally caffeine free and has very little tannin when compared to Camellia sinensis (Black) tea. Tannins are phytochemicals present in tea that inhibits the body’s ability to absorb important minerals like Iron.
Rooibos tea is rich in minerals and has an abundance and complex mix of flavonoids (compounds widely found in plants that are known to have health benefits) including; Aspalathin, Nothofagin, Quercetin, Rutin, Isoquercitrin, Orientin, Isoorientin, Luteolin, Vitexin, Isovitexin, Chrysoeriol, and also polyphenol antioxidants (Antioxidants are the organic substances that protect healthy cells from free radical damage and helps in fighting and preventing disease).
Rooibos is unique to other herbal teas in that it has the compound asplathin which has been shown to be more effective at neutralizing free radicals than EGCG. Currently, rooibos is the only known natural source of aspalathin.
The unfermented or unoxidised rooibos leaves keep their green colour. This green rooibos variety has a greater concentration of antioxidants because they undergo less processing, and so, are considered more health promoting. However, this is similar to the example we find when comparing Green Tea vs. Black Tea where each tea has its own health properties but each benefits the body in different ways.
The key health benefits of Rooibos tea are:
Studies have shown that Rooibos tea is rich in antioxidants and can increase the productivity of carcinogenic detoxifying enzymes, as well as protecting cell proteins, cell fats, and DNA. Antioxidants help reduce free radical damage occurring to skin, hair, bones, and other organ systems.
Rooibos tea also has anti-ageing effects to improve mental clarity and cognitive ability, because it reduces the impact of oxidative by products in neural pathways, enhancing mental clarity and focus.
Rooibos tea’s unique combination of antioxidants and minerals fortify and benefit your immune system by protecting your body against unexpected illnesses and addresses diseases.
The abundance of antioxidants present in Rooibos tea helps slow down the ageing process and helps to prevent related diseases.
Rooisbos tea is rich in pheolic content and has powerful ant-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties to improve your health, and to help ease allergies like eczema, hay fever, and allergy-related bronchitis.
Stronger bones and teeth
Rooibos is rich in minerals like calcium, fluoride and manganese that aid in preserving bone density and stronger teeth. Any increased bio-availability of minerals in your system acts like a healing agent helping to cut your chances of developing conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, and chronic joint pain. Research has shown that manganese stimulates the required enzymes to build new bones and repair damage.
Rooibos tea naturally has no caffeine (most herbal teas don’t). Research has shown that the tea is able to reverse the negative effects of stress on the brain and body making it a good aide to cut headaches and irritability.
The antioxidants and antispasmodic agents found in Rooibos tea can relieve stomach cramps and abdominal pains, and it’s known by mothers to lessen colic in their infants.
Rooibos is very good for your skin because it has alpha hydroxy acid and zinc. These are often used within the cosmetic industry to cut the signs of wrinkles and other sign’s of premature skin ageing. Rooibos is sometimes prescribed to help in the treatment several skin conditions and itching (Dermatitis, also known as eczema).
Rooibos is known to relieve stress, nervous tension and hypertensive conditions. Hypertension is also known as high blood pressure. Rooibos tea not only greatly reduces blood pressure, which can lead to cardiovascular disease, but also relieves respiratory conditions.
Rooibos has the anti-inflammatory antioxidant Quercetin which has been linked to preventing many heart conditions and reduces blood pressure.
The rare antioxidant Asplathin found in Rooibos has some unique properties, including helping to balance blood sugar, improve insulin resistance, improve the glucose absorption by muscles, and boost the insulin secretion from the pancreas. This can help prevent type 2 diabetes and also regulate blood sugar levels in diabetics.
Minerals in Rooibos tea
Calcium – Builds stronger teeth and bones as well delaying the process of de-calcification in the body.
Fluoride – strengthens tooth enamel and prevents decay.
Iron – this is one of the most important minerals body needs. It is an important part of hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to transport it throughout your body.
Magnesium – is important as it’s needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps to regulate body temperature, maintain normal nerve and muscle function, supports a healthy immune system, reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease, and helps to build your bones stay strong. It also helps regulate blood glucose levels and aid in the production of energy and protein, decreases the frequency of migranes, delays the onset of osteoperosis, lowers type 2 diabetes risk, and reduce symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
Potassium – is also an electrolyte, and is crucial to heart function and plays a key role in skeletal and smooth muscle contraction, making it important for normal digestive and muscular function. It regulates blood pressure and heartbeat, and protects against cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Sodium – Sodium (not from table salt) is necessary for a variety of the body’s functions. Sodium not only helps keep up healthy fluid balance, it also contributes to proper muscle contraction and nerve impulse conduction.
Zinc – is an essential mineral and found in cells throughout the body. It aids cell division, cell growth, the immune system in healing wounds, and the breakdown of carbohydrates.and body immune system. Zinc is also needed for skin, nail health and the senses of smell and taste.
Trace minerals – Copper and manganese
Rooibos in a healthy herbal detox tea blend
Rooibos is often added to herbal teas to fortify and work synergistically together to enhance the health benefits.
One such tea blend is the all-natural 11 herb Detox Tea formulated by Epxbody. Not only does this gentle “red tea” quench your thirst, but it will effectively and gently cleanse, detoxify, and restore balance to the body.
This healthy Detox tea, is rich in antioxidants and made from the highest quality 100% organic herbs. It owes much of its rich red colour and delicious flavour to the Rooibos content.
When used as part of a nutritional cleansing process, Detox Tea provides the body with the nutrients it needs to get back in balance and restore itself to its natural, healthy state.
Benefits of this healthy tea include:
• Gently cleanse and detoxify the body
• Reach and maintain your ideal weight
• Weight loss and reduction of the abdomen
• Restore body-balancing nutrients
• Improve digestion and bowel function
• Alleviate gastrointestinal problems
• Proper, colon, liver, and kidney function
• Healthy levels of blood pressure and cholesterol
• Clearer, healthier, younger looking skin
• Increase energy, mental clarity, and focus
• Boost resistance against diseases
• Achieve optimal health and wellness
The benefits of drinking Detox tea with 11 healthy herbs
Drinking Detox Tea to aid weight loss
The herbal Detox Tea also works as a natural weight-loss tea that is much more effective than Chinese Green Tea; it can help you safely and rapidly shed excess pounds…many people lose 5 or more pounds in just the first 5 days, making it the perfect kick-start to any weight-loss plan!
All you need to do is drink it twice daily with your lunch and dinner for 5 days (no need to diet but eat in moderation & best results if you follow our simple menu plan). You can read more about drinking Detox tea to help you lose weight here
Are you experiencing toxic overload?
It’s estimated that we are exposed to over 4000 different chemicals, toxins, and pollutants every single day. These harmful by-products – along with processed foods, nutrient poor diet, some modern medicines, and a stressful, busy lifestyle – can take a toll on the body. If you are experiencing several of these symptoms, it may be evidence that you have a build up of toxins in your system.
• Feeling tired or having trouble sleeping
• Trouble concentrating or staying focused
• Feelings of depression or irritability
• Frequent mood changes
• Chronic headaches
• Recurrent joint or back pain
• Allergies and/or food sensitivities
• Skin problems like acne, psoriasis, eczema
• Unpleasant body odour or bad breath
• Frequent gas, bloating, or indigestion
• Constipation or irregular bowel movements
• Lowered tolerance to fatty food
• Loss of appetite
• Weight gain and trouble losing weight
• Frequent colds or sinus congestion
• Breast soreness
• Frequent yeast infection
You can read more about drinking Detox tea to help you flush the toxins from your system in an earlier post here
The 11 Herbs In Detox Tea
EPXbody Detox Tea is a synergistic blend of safe, 100% organic herbs and plant extracts hand-selected for their ability to bring the body back in to balance so it can restore itself to its natural, healthy state.
1. Rooibos Tea — May relieve nagging headaches, insomnia, asthma, eczema and allergies. Low in tannins. Also assists in boosting the body’s immune system. Greatly assists in balancing blood sugar.
2. Persimmon Leaf — Persimmon Leaf tea is a staple in traditional Chinese medicine to treat sickness and ailments. Scientific research has shown that it promotes a healthy metabolism and can help ease digestive problems and dermatitis. Its long term consumption has shown to cut high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, high blood lipids, and fatty lipid cells.
3. Holy Thistle — A powerful antioxidant, Holy Thistle (also called Milk Thistle) has been used medicinally for over 2000 years to cleanse the body and as a remedy for a variety of ailments. Because of its anti-inflammatory effects and immune-boosting properties, the herb is used for stomach and digestive problems, can strengthen the heart, is good for the lungs and kidneys, and can reduce chronic headaches.
4. Malva Leaf — One of the oldest medicinal plants in the world, the Malva plant has anti-inflammatory properties and has been used for centuries to relieve gastrointestinal, urinary tract, and respiratory system problems and discomfort.
5. Blessed Thistle — Blessed Thistle (also called Spotted Thistle) has a long history as a medicinal herb and is used to ease gastrointestinal complaints. It also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
6. Marsh Mallow Leaf — The Marsh Mallow herb has been used for centuries as a traditional medicine for its immune-boosting and mild anti-infective properties. It soothes and supports the stomach, intestines, and respiratory tract.
7. Papaya — Papaya extract is commonly used to help aid digestion, boost immune function, and offer anti-aging benefits. It has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and promotes cardiovascular health.
8. Ginger — Due to its immune boosting properties, Ginger is a common herbal remedy for colds, flu, congestion, nausea, and headaches. It also has potent anti-inflammatory properties and alleviates digestive upsets.
9. Chamomile — A natural anti-inflammatory, Chamomile is a common herbal remedy to soothe chronic gastrointestinal problems. It is also effective in treating inflammation, muscle pain, spasms, and as a relaxant.
10. Myrrh — In traditional Chinese medicine, Myrrh is said to have special efficacy on the heart, liver, and spleen meridians. It has also been shown to have a positive effect on cholesterol levels.
11. Honeybush Tea — Contains many minerals essential to good health. Naturally sweet. Helps with coughs. High in vitamins and antioxidants. Greatly assists in balancing blood sugar, and is another immune system booster.
You can read more about nutritional cleansing drinking Detox tea in an earlier post here.
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