The benefits of drinking rooibos tea

 Rooibos ( Aspalathus Lineanis), is a native South African bush that is grown in the area near Cape Town. Locals of South Africa have been harvesting rooibos as a health beverage for centuries .

Rooibos tea has become popular because of its fruity, sweet taste and its caffeine-free, low tannin, antioxidant-rich status. Although more research is needed, rooibos appears to be safe and free of side effects.

The antioxidants present in rooibos may help protect against free radical damage that can lead to cancer, heart attack, and stroke. Unfermented (green) rooibos has a higher amount of polyphenols than traditional fermented rooibos and generally demonstrates higher antioxidant and antimutagenic capabilities in vitro. Future research should reveal whether the antioxidant benefits of rooibos observed in vitro and in animals translates into health benefits for humans.

Nutritional Value of 3g/200 ml of Rooibos:

  • Iron (Fe) 0.07 mg
  • Potassium (K) 7.12 mg
  • Zinc (Zn) 0.04 mg
  • Manganese (Mn) 0.04 mg
  • Copper (Cu) 0.07 mg
  • Calcium (Ca) 1.08 mg
  • Sodium (Na) 6.16 mg
  • Magnesium (Mg) 1.57 mg
  • Fluoride (F) 0.22 mg

With the exceptions of fluoride and copper, the trace amounts of minerals in rooibos are not enough to make the tea a meaningful dietary source of minerals for the average consumer.Marc S. Micozzi, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Policy Institute for Integrative Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, notes that when rooibos is used as a fluid replacement throughout the day, as is done with some athletes in South Africa, it does provide measurable amounts of several minerals and electrolytes

Overall benefits of rooibos:

  • supplements your body’s need for SOD (super oxide dismutase), thus providing a natural antioxidant to protect your body against free radical damage
  • relieves allergies
  • is caffeine free
  • is rich in essential minerals for good health and vitality
  • contains anti-spasmodic properties that relieve digestive distress in adults as well as colic in infants
  • is available in red (oxidized) and green (non oxidized) forms; green rooibos has more antioxidant benefit than the oxidized version
  • is refreshing and does not get bitter because it has only 4.4% tannins
  • the low tannins content will not interfere with the iron absorbtion, problems normally identified with green tea

 If you are on the market for some good quality rooibos, check Herbal Republic store in Vancouver. They carry a large variety of flavours, my personal favorites being : Queenstown Rooibos (Complex with a creamy, strawberry-kiwi aroma. “Biedoux Valley” blend.
Contains organic Biedoux Valley rooibos, rose, strawberry pieces, lulo fruit, cornflowers and vanilla pieces), Sun City Rooibos (Blend of orange blossoms & citrus peels.
Contains organic rooibos, orange blossoms and citrus peels) and Berrydale Rooibos (Green rooibos with strawberry, vanilla and grapefruit aromas.
Contains Green rooibos, sunflower petals, cornflowers and rose petals)

Resort condos at Poipu Beach selling quickly

Vancouver-based S&P Destination Properties says it sold $76 million of Phase 1 luxury properities offered at Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach.Koloa Landing is a 10 hectare residential-resort development on the southern tip of the island of Kauai.

Koloa Lading Masterplan

  • 1. Lagoon pool — 6,100 sq. ft.
  • 2. BBQ area for every building
  • 3. Adult pool — 1,400 sq. ft.
  • 4. Porte-cochére check-in
  • 5. Serene day spa, sauna and steam room
  • 6. Lush landscaping with pathways that meander along cascading waterfalls and
        tranquil streams
  • 7. Family pool — 9,500 sq. ft.
  • 8. Poolside bar and grill
  • 9. Traditional Hawaiian garden
  • 10. Tropical pool — 2,000 sq. ft.
  • 11. Ocean access

In one day, 51 two, three and four-bedroom luxury condos were sold at an average price of $1.5 million, drawing buyers from Hawaii, California, Utah and Western Canada. 

S&P Destination Properties is a luxury and resort real estate company that specializes in the design, marketing and sale of luxury and resort properties throughout the Western United States, Hawaii, and Mexico. S&P is committed to its customers in the ownership and enjoyment of the world’s finest real estate. This commitment has recently been proven with the record-breaking success of Trump Tower Waikiki, where all residences were sold out on the first day.


Resort Amenities

  • Four resort-style pools and hot tubs with lush surroundings throughout
  • Central pool with water slide, sand bottom area, cascading waterfalls and
    swim-through grotto
  • Natural water features and living ponds throughout
  • Serene day spa includes private treatment rooms with waterfall views,
    steam room, sauna, and lockers
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • 24 hour lobby staff and concierge
  • Meandering Tiki torch lit pathways
    through out the resort
  • Sundry shop for life’s little conveniences
  • Poolside bar and grill
  • Located steps from Poipu Beach


Interior Features

  • Indoor/outdoor living
  • Generous lanais
  • Floor-to-ceiling pocket door
    sliding windows
  • Complete gourmet style kitchens with custom wood-milled cabinetry
  • Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, and wine refrigerator
  • Slab granite countertops with under-cabinet lighting
  • State-of-the-art technology
  • Semi-private elevators
  • Central air conditioning throughout
  • Spacious walk-in closets and owner’s closet
  • Luxurious 5-piece bathrooms
  • Natural stone and exotic hardwood flooring options
  • Two designer furniture packages
  • En suite laundry