Morlife Red Bush Rooibos Fortified Herbal Teas 25teabag

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Red Bush is rich in various naturally occurring essential nutrients & antioxidants. Morlife's Red Bush is organically grown and fortified with extract to enhance its beneficial properties.

Red Bush is a well renowned, unique traditional herb from South Africa’s Cape Province. It is rich in various naturally occurring essential nutrients and antioxidants.

Modern science has discovered the many healthy advantages of red bush tea. Ongoing research and case studies confirm that there seems to be no end to its benefits. Red bush tea has been found to relieve insomnia, stomach cramps and constipation, as well as allergic symptoms such as hayfever and asthma. It can also be used by those suffering from nervous tension, mild depression or hypertension, due to its soothing effect and absence of caffeine.

Red bush tea also contains small amounts of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, chloride and potassium, as well as calcium, fluoride, copper, zinc and copper. These mineral contents contribute to the maintenance of healthy skin, teeth, bones and metabolic processes.

Recently antioxidative activity was found to attribute to red bush tea on the basis of its flavonoid content. Radioprotective effects of red bush tea infusions were investigated by using the micronucleus test for antioxidative activity. After the fractionation of the tea infusion, the flavonoid fraction was found to be most anticlastogenic and antioxidative. The results suggest that flavonoids, which show antioxidative potency in vitro, work as antioxidants in vivo and their radioprotective effects may be attributed to their scavenging potency towards free radicals. The flavonoids contained in tea seem to be important as antioxidants in the human diet.

Sasaki and his colleagues from University of Shizuoka, Japan carried out an investigation on the suppressing effects of red bush tea on the induction of chromosome aberrations in cultured CHO cells and mice. The data indicate that red bush contains catechins, antimutagenic components that could be responsible for its effect.

Intake of red bush tea is suggested to suppress the mutagenic activity of certain potent mutagens in human beings.Laboratory studies have been carried out to determine whether Red Bush has anti-HIV activity. Polysaccharide has been extracted from Red Bush leaves to test for the binding of HIV-1 to MT-4. It is inferred that the polysaccharide is involved in the inhibition mechanism for virus binding to T-cells.

Clinical trials were done in Japan indicating the suppression of age-related accumulation of lipid peroxides in rat brain by administration of red bush tea. The protective effects of red bush tea against damage to the central nervous system accompanying aging were examined in brains of mice that have been chronically treated with red bush tea. The result concludes that chronic red bush tea administration prevents age-related accumulation of lipid peroxides in several regions of rat brain.

Ulicna and his colleagues studied the liver-protective properties of red bush tea in a rat model of liver injury induced by carbon tetrachloride. Red bush tea significantly suppressed mainly the increase in plasma activities of markers of liver functional state. The result suggests the use of red bush tea as a plant liver-protector in the diet of those with hepatopathies.

The effect of tea catechins was studied on faecal conditions of elderly residents in a long term care facility. The residents were fed on a diet of solid food and they were supplemented with tea catechin in three doses a day for 6 weeks. Faecal specimens were collected by the nursing staff, and their moisture content, pH, ammonia, sulphide and oxidation-reduction potential were determined before, during and after the administration of tea catechins. All these faecal parameters decreased significantly during tea catechin administration and this indicated very favourable improvement of the subjects’ bowel conditions.

Ordinary tea is said to have deleterious effect on iron absorption. A study was carried out by Hesseling and his colleagues to determine the effect of red bush tea on iron absorption. Three groups of volunteers, each consisting of 10 healthy young men comparable with regard to iron status and body dimensions were studied. After ingesting 16mg of elemental iron, group A drank red bush tea, group B drank ordinary tea and group C drank boiled water. The mean iron absorption after consuming the beverages was measured and red bush tea did not affect iron absorption significantly in contrast to ordinary tea. This may well related to its low tannin level.

Morlife’s Red Bush is organically grown and fortified with extract to enhance its beneficial properties. It has antioxidative, antimutagenic, anti-HIV effects and it promotes various health benefits.

This South African herb is rich in antioxidant, caffeine free and low in tannin. Enjoy this nutritious, refreshing tea with its own distinctive flavour, sweet aroma and amber colour!

Ingredients: Organic Red Bush Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) leaf fortified with specially prepared & extracted leaf.

References:
Gota K., Kanaya S., Ishigami T., Hara Y., The effects of tea catechins on faecal conditions of elderly residents in a long-term care facility, J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokya). 1999 Jan; 45 (1): 135-41.
Hesseling P.B., Klopper J.F., Van Heerden P.D., The effect of rooibos tea on iron absorption, S Afr Med J., 1979 Apr 14; 55 (16): 631-2.
Inanami O., Asanuma T., Inukai N., Jin T. Shimokawa S., Kasai N., Nakano M., Sato F., Kuwabara M., The suppression of age-related accumulation of lipid peroxides in rat brain by administration of Rooibos tea (Aspalathus linearis), Neurosci Lett. 1995 Aug 18; 196 (1-2): 85-8.
Nakano M., Itoh Y., Mizuno T., Nakashima H., Polysaccharide from Aspalathus linearis with strong anti-HIV activity, Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 1997 Feb; 61 (2): 267-71.
Sasaki Y.F., Yamada H., Shimoi K., Kator K., Kinae N., The clastogen-suppressing effects of green tea, Po-lei tea and Rooibos tea in CHO cells and mice, Mutat Res. 1993 Apr; 286 (2): 221-32.
Shimoi K., Masuda S., Shen B., Furugori M., Kinae N., Radioprotective effects of antioxidative plant flavonoids in mice, Mutat Res. 1996 Feb 19; 350 (1): 153-61.
Ulicna O., Greksak M., Vancova O., Zlatos L., Galbavy S., Bozek P., Nakano M., Hepatoprotective effect of rooibos tea (Aspalathus linearis) on CCl4-induced liver damage in rats, Physiol Res. 2003; 52 (4): 461-6.


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