I am a big tea junkie. I drink the stuff year around – hot in the winter and cold in spring and summer. I never gave much thought about the benefits of drinking tea; from weight loss to many other benefits that give us better health. I came across this type of tea called RED TEA DETOX and boy does this tea do great things for you! Another name for it is Rooibos Tea, which means “red bush.”
Where does it come from
Red Tea originates from Southern Africa and has been used by bushmen (Khoisans) for centuries for treating many ailments and relieving hunger. It is also known for its delicious taste. It was almost lost to history because of the dwindling of the Khoisan tribes, but thankfully a botanist named Carl Humberg rediscovered the leaves in 1772 and revived a more widespread interest in the tea drink. Then, in 1904 a Russian immigrant with ties to tea manufacturing, Benjamin Ginsberg, began marketing the drink. These days, Red Tea Detox is consumed all over the world, from Europe to the United States. For the rest of this article review, I will attempt to explain all the great benefits of drinking this red tea.
Weight loss is a big goal in some people’s lives, so I will explain how drinking red tea can help with this and see what you think about it. One benefit of red tea is that it eliminates hunger pangs so you will not be thinking of food so often, which means you will eat less. Another way it helps you lose weight is that it clears toxins in your body which reduces fat-storing hormones and promotes the production of fat-burning hormones instead.
Low Tannins and Free from Caffeine and Oxalic Acid
Here are some more benefits of red tea. It is low in tannins, which interfere with the absorption of certain nutrients, such as iron.
Then there is caffeine. Red Tea is naturally caffeine-free. It’s an excellent alternative to black or green tea. Red tea also is free of oxalic acid, which, when consumed in high amounts can increase your risk of kidney stones. So drinking red tea is a good option for anyone with kidney problems.
Packed with Antioxidants
Most of have heard how great antioxidants are for you. They may help protect cells from damage by free radicals. Over the long term, their effects may reduce your risk of illnesses, such as heart disease and cancer. There is some evidence that red tea can increase antioxidant levels in your body. However, the draw back of red tea is that the antioxidants are short-lived or inefficiently absorbed by your body.
Red Tea can improve good cholesterol levels by decreasing “bad” LDL cholesterol while boosting “good” HDL cholesterol. This may lower the chances of the risk of heart disease. Another benefit is that red tea may help promote heart health by positively affecting blood pressure.
May Lower Cancer Risk
The antioxidants quercetin and luteolin, which are present in red tea, can kill cancer cells and prevent tumor growth, but the amount of quercetin and luteolin in a cup of the tea is very small. Many fruits and vegetables are much better sources of these particular antioxidants. Keep in mind that more human studies are needed on red tea and cancer.
Type 2 Diabetes
Red tea is the only known natural source of the antioxidant aspalathin, which animal studies suggest may have anti-diabetic effects. Aspalathin can help balance blood sugar and improve insulin resistance. At this time no human studies have been completed.
Hair and Skin Health
Wow! Red Tea even has benefits for your hair and skin. For your hair, research shows that applying a 10% red tea extract to hair significantly increased hair growth in almost 90 percent of the volunteers. As for the benefits for the skin, red tea extract is recommended to use on the skin for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and soothing properties.
In laboratory animals, the results show that red tea aids the digestive system by reducing diarrhea, calming muscle spasms in the stomach, and decreasing gastric secretions. The existence of flavonoids such as quercetin, luteolin, and others are thought to be the reasons for the beneficial effects on the GI system.
Just another benefit of red tea for colicky babies: A South African mother who was fighting with a colicky infant discovered that a red tea infusion calmed her baby of chronic restlessness, vomiting, and stomach cramps. What a relief for mom and baby!
A variety of polyphenols in red tea has been shown to improve osteoblast activity, also known as cells that develop bones. These flavonoids orientin and luteolin were precisely studied on bone cells and showed an increased level of bone growth and mitochondrial activity. The studies showed that the flavonoids enhanced the mineral content of the bone cells.
There are some negative side effects of red tea if you have liver or kidney disease, hormonal cancers, or are going through chemotherapy treatment. You should contact your doctor before using red tea regularly. But overall, for people in generally good health, red tea is safe to drink, and negative side effects are extremely rare.
How to Brew
To brew red tea, you just need to boil some water and pour it over loose tea or tea bags, cover and leave for 5-15 minutes. Then add sweetener such as stevia, cane sugar or honey to taste. What does it taste like before sweeter is added? It has a mild, aromatic taste that is sweet and fruity with hints of vanilla and honey.
If you love tea like I do, you may want to try some of this RED TEA DETOX for all its great health benefits, like weight loss and antioxidants. Buy some red tea instead of green or black tea and share it with family or friends – and drink to your good health.