ROOIBOS TEA COULD HELP DOGS WITH OLD AGE, CANCER AND MANY MEDICAL AILMENTS
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You walk through any supermarket aisle and struggle to decide which tea to buy. Many people unwillingly succumb to habit, but researchers have long been saying that the benefits of Rooibos tea are too great to ignore.
Rooibos tea has long been known for its antioxidant properties, including its potential to fight off dermatological diseases and decrease the risk of certain cancers. A study suggests it could also help with heart health.
“After an hour, the plasma antioxidant levels started to drop and that is why we recommend drinking up to six cups of Rooibos spaced throughout the day for sustained health benefit.” says Professor Jeanine Marnewick from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
Minerals found in Rooibos Tea:
Rooibos promotes healthier skin in dogs and relieves hot spots. It has a high concentration of zinc and vitamin D. When we treat our furry companion’s skin and allergy problems, Rooibos is one of the preferred remedies. Used internally or externally, you are sure to see an improvement with your pet’s skin and coat.
Rooibos tea, as it relates to healthy skin is hypoallergenic and antibacterial and can treat and alleviate bacterial infections on the skin. It is also known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties.
Rooibos tea has many powerful antioxidants that boosts the immune system in your dog and fights free radicals. Immunity is everything and healthy pets are less likely to be affected by virus, bacteria, parasites and allergens. Many of our furry friends suffer from the occasional skin disorder when their immunity is low and are vulnerable to allergens, be it flea bites, long grass or dust mites.
In several experiments, Rooibos tea was compared to green tea.
Here’s what we found regarding health benefits.
Rooibos contains only a small amount of catechins(the compounds primarily responsible for the green tea anti-oxidant capacity) but it seems likely that it gets its antimutagenic potential from a different set of molecules.
Research published in the Mutation Research found that Rooibos tea inhibited premalignant changes in tissue-cultured mouse cells that were exposed to X-rays.The inhibiting action took place when cells were treated with as little as 2 percent Rooibos solution( roughly equivalent to 2/3 cups a day for humans) and peaked when cells were treated with 10 percent solution( a little more than 3 cups).
At the higher concentration, the rate of the transformation was no greater than that of normal,non-irradiated cells.Rooibos also protected mice against gamma radiation.Mice treated with 1ml of Rooibos tea two hours before irradiation experienced less DNA damage than untreated mice.(For a human, this equals to about 4 liters or 7 pints of double-strength Rooibos tea.)
One molecule ,luteolin, appears to be responsible for the greatest inhibition.
Dogs and the people who love them both benefit from Rooibos tea.
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