Red Tea fights cancer? Caffeine-free drink good for tummy, skin friendly?


MJ Gonzales│

When it comes to competition, tea is considered an alternative or better than coffee since both are known as caffeinated drinks.  There are just few exceptions with this area and that is the red tea, which is also serve good benefits but caffeine –free.

As we all know there are three popular variations of tea – the green and black, which are both made from Camellia sinensis plant. The differences between the two depend on the how much oxidation process and its strong flavor.  Thus, when it comes to taste, green tea has less flavor and oxidation process.  Meanwhile the third one is red tea or rooibos tea, which is from Rooibos bush (Aspalathus linearis) that is common in Western Cape of South Africa South Africa.

There’s also white tea which like green and black tea come from Camellia sinensis. It’s still quite unpopular yet but it also gives health benefits too.  According to white tea come “immature tea leaves that are picked shortly before the buds have fully opened.”

Meanwhile Cansa or Cancer Association of South Africa shared that the most popular indigenous tea in their country offers great benefits.   They shared that it can help to fight cancer and heart disease due to its superb antioxidant elements. Apart from countering free radicals, red tea also can lower cholesterol level.  In fact, it’s a kind of drink that is tummy friendly as it also calms colic in babies and stomach cramps as well as help to solve some skin problems. Cansa added that red tea improves metabolism and a good source of fluoride, calcium, and manganese.

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“It contains vitamin C and copper, both of which have been shown to increase collagen. It also has a lot of antioxidants, which help both prevent and repair skin damage from the sun and environmental factors. Most skin aging that is visible by age 30 is a result of sun damage, so repairing that goes a long way to getting carded when you are 35,” the Gloss imparted about the “skin-beautifying effects” of red tea.

Meantime, Fox News shared that the aspalathin in red tea can play a good role to prevent having a type 2 diabetes and stress too because it normalize the release of adrenal hormones. In addition to these, the nothofagin in it help you to keep away from Alzheimer’s disease.

“Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) is a shrub with long, needle-shaped leaves that turn red upon fermentation,” Chris Kilham, a medicine hunter and ethnobotany teacher at the University of Massachusetts Amherst shared on “Traditionally, the native people harvest the leaves, bruise them with hammers, ferment them and dry them. The result is a red, astringent tea that refreshes and does not cause jitters.

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