Red Tea Benefits For Your Health
Red tea is becoming more popular now these days thanks to Liz Swann Miller’s Red Tea Detox Diet program, which is one of Amazon’s bestsellers.
Prior to Miller’s work, red tea wasn’t as known as black or green tea. Now that it’s gaining ground among health buffs, more people are becoming curious about it. Here’s a primer on what red tea is and its benefits.
Red tea comes from the rooibos herb plant (aspalathus linearis), which is native to the mountainous region of Cederberg in South Africa, near the Western Cape of Good Hope. Ethnic tribes have been using rooibos leaves for generations. Naturalist Carl Thunberg conducted the first-ever scientific study on the rooibos plant in the 1700s. Since then, more than 300 studies have been conducted on the scientific benefits of the rooibos plant. Other significant studies were conducted by Dr. Pieter Le Fras Nortier, Benjamin Ginsberg, and now, Liz Swann Miller.
These are just a few of the benefits that they found.
Red tea is beneficial because it acts as a/an:
According to the Cancer Association of South Africa, the rooibos plant have anticarcinogenic properties due to the flavonoids it contains. Another study found that it raises the body’s level of glutathione and thus helps prolong the effects of skin aging, which causes skin cancer.
Red tea has 50% percent more antioxidants than green tea, including rare ones like aspalathin and nothofagin. Actually, only the rooibos plant has been proven to contain aspalathin.
Aspalathin greatly reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It plays a major role in increasing muscular glucose absorption, reducing excessive fat production, and helps balance blood sugar.
Aspalathin and Nothofagin
Drinking red tea is equally effective in managing diabetes complications. According to a study in the February 2015 edition of Inflammation journal, aspalathin and nothofagin “may have significant benefits in the treatment of diabetic complications”, primarily atherosclerosis, which occurs whn plaque builds up and hardens the artery walls. The two antioxidants prevent the inflammation of blood vessels, and therefore prevents atherosclerosis from progressing.
A study in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine also concluded that aspalathin, provides supportive therapy not just for diabetes and cancer, when taken as a form of nonalcoholic beverage, which is red tea.
Red tea also helps in reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and more types of cancer because it is has the antioxidant quercetin. Early research shows that quercetin effectively does the following:
- Reducing the risk of death from cardiovascular diseases (in elderly males)
- Initially decreasing blood pressure of patients with slight high blood pressure
- Reducing the risk of developing lung and pancreatic cancers in male smokers
Another study shows that Quercetin is equally effective in blocking mast cells which are responsible for triggering allergic reactions.
Rich source of minerals
Red tea also contains a lot of minerals, including iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, and zinc. It also contains calcium, fluoride, and potassium.
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