Rooibos Tea Could Help Dogs In Old Age.

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 new study suggests it could also help with heart health in humans and animals.

“After an hour, the plasma antioxidant levels start 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 that can be found in Rooibos tea:

1. Copper 
2. Iron 
3. Potassium 
4. Calcium 
5. Flouride 
6. Zinc 
7. Manganese 
8. Alpha-hydroxy 
9. Magnesium

It promotes healthier skin, mainly because of its high concentration of Zinc and Vitamin D.  When  treating Fido’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 almost immediately.

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 its anti-inflammatory properties.

Another one of Rooibos Tea’s benefits is that it includes powerful antioxidants. This boosts the immune system and fights free radicals. Immunity is everything and healthy pets are less likely to be affected by virus, bacteria, parasites and allergens.

Most of our companion animals struggle with skin disorders because their immunity is low and they are very vulnerable to allergens, be it flea bites, long grass or dust mites.

“In several experiments, Rooibos and green tea did comparably well.  In one study, green tea did nothing while Rooibos showed strong inhibitory activity.  Because Rooibos contains only a small amount of catechins (the compounds primarily responsible for the green tea anti-oxidant capacity) it seems likely that Rooibos gets its antimutagenic potential from a different set of molecules.

Research published in Mutation Research found that Rooibos tea inhibited premalignant changes in the tissue-cultured mouse cells that were exposed to X-rays. The inhibiting action took place when cells were treated with as little a 2 percent Rooibos solution (roughly equivalent to 2/3 cup 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 1 ml of Rooibos tea two hrs. before irradiation experienced less DNA damage than untreated mice. (For a human, this equals about 4 liters or 7 pints of double-strength tea.) One molecule, luteolin, appears to be responsible for the greatest inhibition. ” Mutation Research Journal”

So the next time you browse the supermarket aisles, try Rooibos tea for both you and your furry best friend!

Claudia Bensimoun.

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