Rooiboss Tea and Fish

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   Posted 1/31/2010 3:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Just read that Roiboss tea can be really good for Crohn's, also lots of fish. WOndering if anyone has had any luck with these. Also, would fish oil tablets be as good as eating fish? I've never been really good with seafood.
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   Posted 1/31/2010 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Don't know about the tea, but yes fish is good for us. Its better to eat fresh fish, but an Omega 3 would be good to replace it if you arent a fish eater. Good luck!
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   Posted 1/31/2010 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
flavanoids are similar to vitamins. some are actually pro-oxidant. The ultimate anti-oxidant is glutathione. it must be made by the body by combining certain amino acids. whey protein has some of them unfortunately lactase opens the milk protein discussion. the best way to get the body to make glutathione antioxidant from food is food combo such as asparagus and watermelon.

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   Posted 1/31/2010 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I live on that tea! I don't know if it does anything positive for Crohn's, but it avoids a huge negative--in that it doesn't have any caffeine at all. Even decaffeinated black tea has some caffeine (which isn't good for Crohn's). And I sometimes get really tired of 'fruit infusion' teas. This African tea has a smooth, rich flavor, has no caffeine, and comes in some nice, comforting flavors (like vanilla). If you read any of the Number One Women's Detective Agency novels, this is the tea that they're always drinking. I'm glad it's available in North America now.

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   Posted 1/31/2010 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm tired of flower teas! I think I'll see if it's avaliable in Canada. Thanks for the recommendation nawlins
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   Posted 1/31/2010 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Rooiboa Tea is frequently called "Red Tea". Check the label because some brands mix it with black tea. I've read that you should steep it for about 15 minutes to get all the antioxidants. It doesn't get bitter from a long steep like green tea does.

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   Posted 1/31/2010 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Starbucks carries full leaf Vanilla Rooibos tea now--and it's WONDERFUL! they also make it in tea lattes for the peeps who can have milk.
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   Posted 2/1/2010 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   

My parents are white south African but my sister and I were born in Australia and we drank tea whenever we visited …. It’s so nice that now you can get Rooibos in Australia and all over the world!


It’s really nice if you brew it on the stove for a good 5+ minutes before serving, it doesn’t become bitter like other teas, and doesn’t usually require sugar as it has naturally occurring sugars. Delicious!

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   Posted 2/2/2010 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
So why is it suppose to be excellent for Crohns other than non-caffinated?
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   Posted 2/2/2010 10:33 PM (GMT -7)   


I can't think of any it would be specifically beneficial for Crohn's, but I found the following info online if you’re interested:


·         Pronounced "roy-boss" and means "red bush" in Afrikaans.   Studies have shown this tea is comparable to green tea in the amounts of polyphenols it contains.  It shows anti-mutagenic, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral activity. 

·         Rooibos is totally pure and natural. It contains no colorants or preservatives.

·         Rooibos helps delay the aging process! The aging of our bodies is caused by toxic compounds called free radicals which are produced as a by-product of normal cell function.  These free radicals attack our healthy cells.  Over our lifetime this damage contributes to aging and our immune system weakens.  Recently, Japanese scientists have found that Rooibos tea contains a mimic of the enzyme Super Oxide Di****ase (S.O.D.), an antioxidant which attacks the free radicals and limits their damaging effects.


·         Rooibos is a good source of antioxidants and is the only known source of a potent antioxidant aspalathin, which could play a role in combating several lifestyle diseases.

·         Unlike black and green teas, Rooibos is naturally caffeine free (not decaffeinated) and therefore suitable for children, infants and breast-feeding mothers.

·         Rooibos has proven cancer-fighting properties in animal research studies.

·         Rooibos contains low amounts of tannin. (Tannins are astringent, bitter-tasting plant polyphenols that bind and precipitate proteins and interfere with iron absorption in the body.)

·         After centuries of use, no negative side effects of Rooibos have ever been recorded.

·         In Japan, Rooibos is called “Long Life Tea” and considered an anti-ageing beverage. Many Japanese women also believe that Rooibos tea offer special benefits during pregnancy.


·         Rooibos contains a complex and abundant blend of antioxidants.   

·         Rooibos is the only known source of a specifically beneficial and rare antioxidant called aspalathin.

·         Unfermented (green) Rooibos has higher levels of antioxidants than traditional, fermented Rooibos.

·         The antioxidant content of Rooibos also depends on the soil conditions of the region where the plant was grown, and on how the infusion was prepared, i.e. ratio of leaves to water, temperature of the water, extraction time, stirring, etcetera.  


·         Rooibos slows down the development of cancerous skin lesions.          

·         The complex mixture of polyphenols in Rooibos may help protect against free radicals. (Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage the DNA in cells, leading to cancer.)    

·         These free radicals can also oxidise cholesterol, leading to clogged blood vessels, heart attack and stroke. The antioxidants in Rooibos can neutralize these free radicals and help to limit their impact.

·         Rooibos increases the antioxidant status of rat’s livers. This could result in Rooibos being used in the treatment of chronic liver disease. Based on recent research done in the Slovak Republic, this research team recommend Rooibos for people with chronic liver problems.

·         Rooibos protects the brains of aged rats against oxidative damage. This could play a role in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

·         Many of these findings require more research before specific recommendations about the use of Rooibos can be made, and therefore several research groups around the world are currently working on Rooibos.


Source: South African Rooibos Council

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