[dropcap]D[/dropcap]id you know that tea ranks higher than many fruits and vegetables for anti-oxidant quality?
Red tea is popular in South Africa where it has been used for many years.
It is similar to green tea but has many more benefits as it has more health promoting properties.
The tea is red in colour, due to the fermentation of the leaves.
It is completely pure and does not contain additives, preservatives or colourants.
It is made from an herb called Rooibos which is full of polyphenols and flavonoids.
These are compounds that have strong anti-oxidant qualities.
Anti-oxidants protect the body from free radicals.
For those that do not know, free radicals are waste material produced from necessary functions, such as digestion.
They are also caused by stress, pollutants, alcohol, pesticides and smoking.
They are extremely toxic to our cells.
To put it very simply anti-oxidants purify them.
The free radicals weaken the body’s natural defences and lead to aging and disease.
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Here are some of the many benefits of this healthy drink.
Rooibos tea is considered beneficial for weight loss.
This is because it controls your appetite.
It has no fat content and is also very low in calories.
Red tea contains an anti-oxidant called aspalathin.
This has anti-diabetic effects.
It does this by balancing blood sugar levels which reduces insulin resistance.
Hence it helps prevent diabetes and pre-diabetes alongside a healthy diet.
This effect is boosted by having at least three cups of red tea.
Drink it morning, noon and evening for the best results.
Relieve tired eyes
Rooibos is also very good for relieving tired eyes.
Soak a clean washcloth or muslin cloth in warm tea.
Wipe the eyes gently with the washcloth.
Better still lie down and place the cloth soaked in tea over closed eyes.
Relax for a few minutes and let the anti-inflammatory ingredients in the tea go to work.
Drink a cup half an hour before every meal because red tea helps with the digestion of food.
It has anti-spasmodic properties, due to its potassium content.
This makes it good for the relief of stomach and digestive problems.
These include nausea, vomiting, heartburn and stomach ulcers.
Children can also benefit from this safe natural tea. This is because it can ease infant colic.
Red tea does not contain oxalic acid.
Oxalic acid, or oxalate, is found in black and green tea and can prevent the absorption of some nutrients, especially iron.
This is therefore a reason to drink red tea in preference to regular tea.
The tea also provides the body with calcium, manganese and fluoride.
These nutrients help make your teeth and bones stay strong and healthy.
The calcium is also great for people that are lactose intolerant and do not eat dairy products, like milk.
Flavonoid-rich foods offer cardiovascular benefits which is why Rooibos tea is great for keeping your heart healthy.
Flavonoids are also responsible for helping blood circulation.