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Rooibos the new green tea

Foods essential to health

Evidence based medicine” (meaning “proven to work”) now guides decisions about healthy choices or managing illness. Cellular inflammation (called oxidative stress) underlies many illnesses including cancer, stroke, heart and liver disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Now evidence is mounting about foods essential to health.

Studies done to show benefits of Rooibos tea

The IFT even suggested this year that manufacturers add medicinal ingredients like folic acid and probiotics to foods. Nothing new you might say – even Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine.”

A study from the Cape Peninsulu University of Technology  in Cape Town, South Africa showed that 6 cups of indigenous Rooibos  tea per day have anti-oxidant properties, increases the body’s own master anti-oxidant (called glutathione) by 100% and reduce the levels of “bad” LDL –cholesterol – while green tea showed an inferior response.

One institution studying the medicinal properties of this herb, is the Medical Research Council who released an article that indicates that both rooibos and honeybush teas to prevent DNA damage.

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