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Benefits of Red Rooibos And Its Side Effects

The most significant benefit of red rooibos tea is that its caffeine free. Because the red rooibos is a herb and not actually a natural tea. It has no oxalic acid and is rich in minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, copper, magnesium, zinc and alpha hydroxyl acid. The zero caffeine and low tannins of red rooibos is used as a cure headaches, insomnia, asthma, eczema, hypertension and bone weakness.

Benefits of Red Rooibos And Its Side Effects

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Red Rooibos
Nutritional Value of Red Rooibos
Health Benefits of Red Rooibos
Anti inflammatory
Improve digestive system
Improve bone health
Healthier heart
Diabetic Control
Relieves Hypertension
Aids the respiratory system.
Micro nutrients.
Uses of Red Rooibos
Side-Effects & Allergies of Red Rooibos
Cultivation of Red Rooibos

Red Rooibos

Rooibos tea or red tea is acquired from Aspalathus linearis bush plant found in south Africa which is actually a herb that is caffeine free. The plant itself is only 300 years old as compared to camellia sinensis (1000 years) that yields the green and black tea. Hence, it is a herb that when harvested and fermented can be brewed into a reddish brown herbal fusion dubbed “ African red tea or red bush tea”.

Nutritional Value of Red Rooibos

Rooibos tea is totally free from caffeine and oxalic acid. It is also low on tannins as well. It has a rich mineral contents such as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc, magnesium and alpha hydroxyl acid. Rooibos tea is a natural anti-oxidant due to the presence of aspalathin and nothofagin and the muiti tasking polyphenolic compounds.

Health Benefits of Red Rooibos

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Red Rooibos
Health Benefits of Red Rooibos

Anti inflammatory

The presence of polyphenolic compounds such as aspalathin and nothofagin, that posses anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antimutagenic properties making the rooibos tree a natural anti oxidant. It not only desyroys and neutralize free eadicals but also provide a boost to the immunity making it diseases tolerant.

Improve digestive system

Improves digestive system

Roobios tea has both potassium and antispasmodic agents that in turns activate potassium ions in the body. The potassium ion is very much useful in healing abdominal pain and stomach cramps that aids and improve the overall digestive system. It also helps the digestive tract by smoothing out the gut muscles. Rooibos tea is also used as a natural remedy in treating irritable bowel syndrome.

Improve bone health

Improves bone health.

Rooibos tea has a very high content of calcium, manganese and fluoride minerals which all are directly proportional to strong bones and teeth. Calcium is the main component of bone formation. By increasing the bio-availability of minerals, rooibos tea helps you in fighting common bone problems such as joint pain, osteoporosis and arthritis. Manganese is very useful in repairing bone damage and building bone mass. And fluoride is used widely in dental world as a cure for teeth problems.

Healthier heart

Quercetin found in the rooibos tea is a very powerful anti oxidant that is immensely potent in preventing a wide variety of heart diseases. Its anti inflammatory properties not only reduces blood pressure and destroys fre radicals but also promotes an increase in HDL (good cholesterol) and inhibits LDL (bad cholesterol) from binding to the walls of blood vessels and arteries.

Diabetic Control

One of the rarest anti oxidants found in rooibos tea is aspalathin, which has a large number of unique qualities. Rooibos tea is now being used as a remedy for type 2 diabetes because of the presence of aspalathin. It balances the blood sugar level, improve insulin resistance and glucose absorption. At the same time it helps in boosting the insulin secretion from pancreas. It also keeps in check the uncertain spikes and drop in the blood sugar level.

Relieves Hypertension

Roobios tea is a natural remedy for relieving stress, nervous tension and hypertensive conditions. Commonly known as high blood pressure, hypertension can be prevented by using rooibos tea. Rooibos tea is known for lowering the blood pressure and keeping in check the spikes in blood pressure level.

Aids the respiratory system.

Rooibos tea is a natural bronchodilator which helps in dilating the bronchi and bronchioles. By doing so the air flow to our lungs increases by a vast margin which makes respiration easier. With proper respiration and less resistance in the wind pipe, it also boost heart health and protects from cardiovascular diseases such as atheroschelorsis and heart attacks.

Micro nutrients.

Rooibos tea is full of micro and rare nutrients that are very essential for our body. Iron, zinc, copper and manganese are found in high content. In addition, it also has rare nutrients such as quercetin and bioflavonoids that helps in blood circulation and prevents hemorrhage.

Skin care

Alpha hydroxy acid and zinc present in the rooibos tea is very good for skin problems such as acne, pimples and sunburn on topical application. Alpha hydroxy acid is also responsible in fighting wrinkles and in reducing other premature aging symptoms. Anti oxidants are always a boon for skin health which is also highly present in rooibos tea.

Uses of Red Rooibos

Mostly used as a beverage because of its medicinal properties. Its prepared in the same manner as the black and green tea but can also be served as espresso, latte, cappuccinos or iced tea. Since the rooibos tea is a herb, it is also used in making pharmaceutical drugs.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Red Rooibos

The biggest point of concern is the estrogenic activity of the rooibos tea. If you have a hormone sensitive cancer like breast cancer, it can turn out to be a disaster for you. It can also interfere and alter the ongoing effects of chemotherapy. Freshly picked rooibos tea can be toxic as well and it may lead to various health issues such as hepatotoxicity and breathing problems.

Cultivation of Red Rooibos

There is absolutely no dispute when it comes to the origin of rooibos tea as the plant, apalathus linearis is a native to south africa’s mountain ranges of cederberg ( north of cape town). Locals have been harvesting this herb for hundreds of years, however it was popularized by the tea-drinkers dutch settlers in the 1700s. The modern rooibos tea industry bloomed only after the late 1930s. it is cultivated and harvested in the same fashion as black and green tea. It also comes in two varieties, the red rooibos tea which is left for oxidation and the green rooibos tea which is hardly oxidized.

Popular Questions & Answers

Is drinking tea in the morning makes gas in your stomach and if yes then what are the alternatives?

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition, B.Sc. - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Kolkata
Hey, Tea on an empty stomach can increase the acid levels in your stomach, and put you at risk of vomiting and acidity.In early morning you can take 3-4pc almonds or sprouted Bengal gram...after that you can take tea...or as a substitute of tea you can take herbal tea,rooibos. Rooibos tea does not contain caffeine and has low tanin levels compared toblack tea orgreen tea.Rooibos contains polyphenols, including flavanols, flavones, flavanones, aspalathin and nothofagin.
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Sir 1st reading is 150/90 and 2nd reading is 146/90. What should I do my age is 33 ?

B.A.M.S.
Ayurveda, Alwar
Maintain your diet chart and life style. Avoid all types of fatty foods items. Start yoga and morning walk. Again check your BP reading.

My BP is around 160/90 and heat beat is around 109. Is the heart beat high. I'm diabetic type 2. On glycomet sr 3 per day volibo 0.3 2 per day, gp1 2.5 per day.Please suggest.

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, DM - Cardiology, Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS - Physician )
Cardiologist, Delhi
Normal heart rate is 60-100. Your heart rate is slightly higher but that can be normal variation of heart rate and you don't have to worry just because one reading is high. If you are too concerned and since you are a diabetic you can get a basic cardiac evaluation done under a cardiologist which should include lipid profile, ECG, echo and TMT. Your BP is high and requires management with lifestyle changes and medications. For which you can be guided by a cardiologist after baseline evaluation. And please ensure that your sugar is well controlled and monitored.

Popular Health Tips

5 Types of Tea That Help You Lose Weight

M. Sc. Foods, Nutrition & Dietetics, B.Sc-Home Science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Visakhapatnam
5 Types of Tea That Help You Lose Weight

You know green tea is good for you, but oolong and these other types of tea have.

A steaming cup of tea is the perfect drink for soothing a sore throat, warming up after a dip in the pool, or binge-watching Downton abbey. But certain teas are also perfect for doing something else helping you shed extra pounds.

Each of these 5 best teas for weight loss has its own individual, magic properties, from dimming your hunger hormones to upping your calorie burn to-literally-melting the fat that's stored in your fat cells. Oh, and they can also help reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes too. (stick to 3-4 cups or tea bags of tea per day, and choose brewed varieties over bottled to avoid extra calories and sweeteners.)

Start with these five delicious varieties, and start losing weight through the magical powers of tea!

1. The metabolism booster: green tea
Drink this: Lipton, yogi
Because: it unlocks fat cells
Before a workout, turbocharge the fat-blasting effects by sipping a cup of green tea. In a recent 12-week study, participants who combined a daily habit of 4-5 cups of green tea each day with a 25-minute sweat session lost an average of two more pounds than the non tea-drinking exercisers. Thank the compounds in green tea called catechins, belly-fat crusaders that blast adipose tissue by triggering the release of fat from fat cells (particularly in the belly), and then speeding up the liver's capacity for turning that fat into energy.

2. The pound-a-week melter: oolong tea
Drink this: Bigelow, stash
Because: it boosts metabolism
Oolong, a Chinese name for 'black dragon,' is a light, floral tea that, like green tea, is also packed with catechins, which help to promote weight loss by boosting your body's ability to metabolize lipids (fat). A study in the Chinese journal of integrative medicine found that participants who regularly sipped oolong tea lost six pounds over the course of the six-week time period. That's a pound a week! it also has a calming effect. Drink a cup if you're a nervous flyer, or to calm yourself.

3. The cravings crusher: mint tea
Drink this: Tazo, Teavana
Because: it wards off the munchies
Fill a big teacup with soothing peppermint tea, and sniff yourself skinny! while certain scents can trigger hunger (a trick cinnabon figured out long ago), others can actually suppress your appetite. One study published in the journal of neurological and orthopedic medicine found that people who sniffed peppermint every two hours lost an average of five pounds a month. (although tea is relatively low in caffeine-about 25 percent of what a cup of coffee delivers-decaffeinated varieties are great to have on hand for a soothing bedtime treat.) consider also adding a few drops of peppermint oil to your pillow or burning a minty candle to fill the room with slimming smells. For a stress- and belly-free mind and body, alternate your regular tea with this mint tea.

4. The fat blocker: white tea
Drink this: twinings, the republic of tea, celestial seasonings sleepytime
Because: it prevents new fat cells from forming
White tea is dried naturally, often in sunlight, making it the least processed and richest source of antioxidants among teas (as much as three times as many polyphenols as green tea!). A study published in the journal nutrition and metabolism showed that white tea can simultaneously boost lipolysis (the breakdown of fat) and block adipogenesis (the formation of fat cells) due to high levels of ingredients thought to be active in human fat cells. If there's such a thing as a diet tea, this is it.

5. The hunger halter: rooibos tea
Drink this: celestial seasonings, Harney, and sons
Because: it regulates fat-storage hormones
Rooibos tea is made from the leaves of the 'red bush' plant, grown exclusively in the small Cederberg region of the south Africa, near cape town. What makes rooibos tea particularly good for your belly is a unique and powerful flavanoid called aspalathin. Research shows this compound can reduce stress hormones that trigger hunger and fat storage and are linked to hypertension, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes.

Let food be your medicine, not medicine be your food.
 

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Ways To Help You Manage Diabetic Hypertension!

Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
Ways To Help You Manage Diabetic Hypertension!

Hypertension is commonly witnessed among patients suffering from type 2 diabetes as compared to those who do not have diabetes. Studies have revealed that arterial hypertension among patients suffering from type 2 diabetes is in the vicinity of 40-50 percent. What’s more, a patient suffering from hypertension and diabetes has an increased risk factor for certain other diseases such as left ventricular hypertrophy, dyslipidemia, elevated fibrinogen and hyperuricemia.

The measurement practice:
It is important to measure blood pressure in a person who is suffering from type 2 diabetes with or without hypertension and renal diseases. Blood pressure measurement should be repeated within a month, if the measurement is 150/190 mm Hg. BP should be measured within a couple, of months if BP is greater than 140/80 mm of Hg.

Lifestyle practices:
If a person is consistently suffering from type 2 diabetes and has a BP range of 140/80, the following life style practices should be maintained always:

  1. A daily exercise schedule: Hypertension coupled with diabetes can be a dangerous combination. To ensure that a person remains healthy it is imperative to maintain a daily exercise schedule for at least half an hour. Exercise consumes extra calories and helps a person maintain a steady blood-sugar level.
  2. Food habits: Food habit is yet another important criterion to maintain good health for a person suffering from diabetic hypertension. Avoiding starch, glucose, and food with high carbs should be a mandate. Refraining from processed food with a high density of condensed fat, sugar and oil will go a long way in maintaining good health. Consulting a nutritionist is the best way to go.
  3. Stress is yet another factor that drives diabetic hypertension: A person suffering from regular stress has a greater tendency to fall prey to cardiovascular and renal diseases. The only way to stay away from stress is to ensure that good lifestyle choice are made. A stress -free life can pay rich dividends to a person suffering from diabetic hypertension.

Drug treatment:
A doctor’s first line of treatment hovers around ACE inhibitors. A pregnant woman suffering from diabetic hypertension is typically prescribed a calcium blocker. This is an antihypertensive drug that helps to stabilize the pregnancy and keep complications at bay. For a person who is resisting to ACE Inhibitor, a doctor might subscribe angiotensin 2 receptor. If the BP is not reduced after the first line of treatment, a doctor adds a thiazide-related diuretic along with the ACE inhibitor to expedite the treatment process.

Even after a triple therapy if a person continues to suffer from high blood pressure, a doctor might prescribe an alpha-blocker, potassium blocker or a beta blocker.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Are You Hypertensive?

DNB (General Medicine), MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Internal Medicine Specialist, Lucknow
Are You Hypertensive?

Are you hypertensive? 
Now aha has given new guidelines for diagnosing hypertension. If your blood pressure is more than 130/80 mmhg, it suggests hypertension / elevated bp. 
Diet modification and exercise is advised from beginning to the individual who has elevated blood pressure. Sometimes if one has high bp he may require medicine to control it. Sometimes just with diet and lifestyle modification it can be reduced.

Bp classification -
Normal <120 and <80
<!--120-->Elevated 120-129 and 80
<!--80-->Hypertension 
Stage 1.130-139or 80-89
Stage2. 140 or & 90 

For prevention of hypertension 
1. Avoid smoking
2. High salt in diet
3. Exercise regularly 
4. Weight reduction 

Check your blood pressure and start lifestyle modification from the beginning!

Diet, Nutrition And The Prevention Of Chronic Lifestyle Diseases!

MD - Medicine , MBBS
General Physician, Vadodara
Diet, Nutrition And The Prevention Of Chronic Lifestyle Diseases!

The lifestyle we lead plays an important role. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important to overcome many diseases as it helps in bringing the blood pressure to normal and in turn reduce the risks of diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Factors like smoking, diet, stress and sedentary lifestyle can lead to hypertension and diabetes. Hypertension is known as silent killer as it is symptomless.

There are various traditional medicines known to lower the blood pressure. Also, there are certain herbs that help in controlling blood pressure and preventing other diseases.

Some of these herbs are:

  1. Basil: This herb has a strong aroma and can be used in the preparation of many foods. It also helps in lowering the blood pressure, though for a brief time. Adding freshly chopped or torn basil to soups, salads, pastas and casseroles not only enhance the taste but are also beneficial for health.
  2. Cinnamon: This herb requires some effort to add in the diet but is helpful in maintain the blood pressure. Diabetic people should have cinnamon everyday in some or the other way. Cinnamon can be included by sprinkling over cereals, oats, coffee, stews and curries.
  3. Cardamom: Cardamom if consumed daily can be helpful in bringing down blood pressure and in turn controlling hypertension and diabetes. Cardamom is very popular in South Asia, the seeds can be powdered and used in stews, soups or baking. It not only has an enhanced flavor but is also packed with numerous health benefits.
  4. Flaxseed: This is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are believed to lower the blood pressure and also protect the body against atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. They are known for reducing cholesterol levels, and improving glucose tolerance thus acting as antioxidant. Flaxseeds can be added in smoothies and soups or baked goods.
  5. Garlic: Garlic often synonymous with bad breath and pungent seasoning has immense health benefits. It dilates and relaxes the blood vessels allowing the blood to flow freely and in turn reduces the blood pressure. 
  6. Ginger: Adding ginger to the diet helps to control the blood pressure. It relaxes the blood vessels and improves the circulation of the blood. Ginger can be used in sweets, savories and beverages and is very common in Asian food.
  7. Celery Seed: This is a diuretic and in China it is used to treat hypertension. This can be used to flavor stews, soups, savory dishes and casseroles. Both the seeds and the plant have various benefits and uses of their own.
  8. Hawthorn: This herb is used to treat high blood pressure in China. Decoctions of the herb have health benefits such as reduction of blood pressure, controlling hypertension and blood circulation. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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Hypertension: 7 Ways To Keep It Under Control!!

MD - Consultant Physician, Doctor of Medicine, MD
General Physician, Ahmedabad
Hypertension: 7 Ways To Keep It Under Control!!

The number of people affected by hypertension is constantly on the rise. The most important concern with people developing hypertension is that it is not an isolated issue. It brings with it a host of problems, including higher chances of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and kidney diseases. While there is no definite cure for hypertension, it is definitely possible to control it using the following measures.

  1. Weight control: Greater the body mass index (BMI), higher is the chances of developing hypertension. Check with your doctor to know what the ideal weight is and try to maintain it. If overweight, losing even 10 pounds can make a big difference to your blood pressure.
  2. Diet management: Excessive salt, calories, fat, and sugar are to be avoided. Sodium is one of the main culprits for increasing blood pressure and should be avoided. Include fruits and vegetables that are rich in potassium and magnesium. Reducing salt is another major way to control blood pressure. Fish oils with omega-3 fatty acids are extremely good for the health of the heart and so consult your doctor to include the right amounts in your diet. 
  3. Exercise: A regular workout regimen can reduce the chances of developing blood pressure by up to 40% to 50%. This should not be misinterpreted as the need for vigorous workouts. Even small, regular physical activity daily goes a long way in controlling blood pressure.
  4. Alcohol: While quitting alcohol is the best thing to do, for those finding it difficult to do so, cutting down on it plays a big role in controlling blood pressure. No more than a drink per day for women, and no more than two per day for men are recommended.
  5. Stress management: Stress is one of the major causes for increasing blood pressure, and so managing stress is very important. Whether music or meditation, pick your stress buster and see your blood pressure lowered.
  6. Medications: If you are already on a medication regimen, strictly adhere to the schedule. Consult your doctor before adding herbal supplements or dietary supplements. Taken individually, they may be good for health, but there are good chances of them interacting with your regular medications.
  7. Monitor: Once you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, have periodic check-ups with your doctor to ensure it is within the permissible limits. If beyond limits, immediately correct it.

As noted, hypertension is not an isolated issue and brings with it a whole lot of issues. Controlling it can help control the other issues that would follow and improve the quality of life.
 

Table of Content

Red Rooibos
Nutritional Value of Red Rooibos
Health Benefits of Red Rooibos
Anti inflammatory
Improve digestive system
Improve bone health
Healthier heart
Diabetic Control
Relieves Hypertension
Aids the respiratory system.
Micro nutrients.
Uses of Red Rooibos
Side-Effects & Allergies of Red Rooibos
Cultivation of Red Rooibos