1 capsule = 6 cups of Rooibos tea!
Rooibos has an amazing array of health benefits, including that:
Why we need ANTIOXIDANTS: Antioxidants destroy free radicals. Free radicals are rogue oxygen molecules, that have lost an electron. That loss makes them unstable (in chemical terms, reactive), causing them to ‘steal’ neighbouring molecules’ electrons, causing them to operate like
terrorists in the body. The damage caused by free radicals is called oxidation. Examples of oxidation are bananas turning brown when left unpeeled or the rusting of iron. Excess free radicals in the body contribute to the development of oxidative stress, which plays a major role in the development of chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer. Free radicals attack healthy cells, leading to dysfunction, mutation and cancer. Free radicals can also disrupt normal cell activities, or cell membranes, producing a chain reaction of destruction. Such membrane damage in the cells that line our blood vessels can lead to hardening and thickening of the arteries and eventually to heart attacks and strokes. Free radical attacks on collagen can cause cross-linking of protein molecules, resulting in stiffness in the tissue.
What are ANTIOXIDANTS ?: Antioxidants are molecules that help to eradicate free radicals. Some antioxidants are called polyphenols. These are most commonly found in plants and are the type of antioxidants found in Rooibos, specifically a polyphenol called Asphalathin. An antioxidant is an organic molecule that can counteract the damaging effects of free radicals in tissues, or molecules that protect the body from free radical damage. The presence of antioxidants in the body can “mop up” free radicals before they damage essential cells.
How are ANTIOXIDANTS measured?: ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) is a scale that measures the antioxidant capacity of foods and supplements. The antioxidants in any type of
food are measured by their capacity to absorb free radicals. It is generally accepted that an intake of 3000 to 5000 ORAC per day, is required to support the body. However, recent studies have suggested that people have a vast variety of lifestyles and that necessitates needs that require higher levels of antioxidants – up to 21 000 a day. It is important to note that antioxidants should be acquired from a variety of foods and supplements, for optimal benefits. Other antioxidants include vitamin C and vitamin E.
Free radicals are caused by:
Annique Forever Healthy OptiRooibos contains potent antioxidants and provides 400mg of green Rooibos extract, with a minimum of 2200 ORAC per capsule, with a polyphenolic value of 30%.
Green Rooibos Tea has higher levels of antioxidants than regular Rooibos Tea. Rooibos research showed that people can get the optimum health benefits from drinking six cups of Rooibos spread throughout the day.
Scientists around the world are doing research on Rooibos to gain a better understanding of this unique, South African herbal plant. Some are investigating the health benefits of Rooibos and its potential to combat a range of diseases, while others are trying to understand exactly how the bioactive components in Rooibos work.
Scientific articles published over the last decade prove the therapeutic ability of Rooibos to fight cancer, protect the liver against disease, boost the immune system, as well as providing relief for allergies and improving digestive disorders. (Information from the South African Rooibos Council)
Dosage: 1 capsule per day, or as recommended by your health care practitioner
Forever Healthy OptiRooibos capsules contain No sugar, yeast, salt, corn, wheat, dairy, flavorings or preservatives.
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