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

More Canadians to become landlords

With a new CHMC (Canada House and Mortgage Corporation) mortgage-insurance product, more Canadians could buy rental properites with no downpayment.

For a premium based on the loan amount, CHMC now insures mortgages so investors can buy up to four units of rental housing with little money down.

The Crown corporation allows now for 100-per-cent financing on one to two units and 90-per-cent financing on the third and fourth ones.

Until last month, CMHC required a down payment of 15 per cent on investment properties.

The new product, introduced last month, also changes the way financial institutions calculate the ratios used to qualify borrowers for mortgages, which makes it easier to buy rental properties.

The insurance premium is 7.25 per cent of the mortgage amount for 100 per cent financing.

This product will look appealing to people who are self-employed or don’t have a pension plan.

The rent will pay down the mortgage and when ready to retire, it would generate a revenue.

My rambling about ‘The Secret’

I could foam at my mouth talking about The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.

And it’s not because I am green with envy for Rhonda Byrne’s genius , it’s because I still believe that the whole ‘Secret’ enterprise it’s nothing but a shameless pyramid scheme. Wonderfully staged by the publishers and endorsed by personalities like Oprah.
I lost my sympathy for Oprah long time ago. Since she became an ego maniacal. Why the heck does she have to be on the cover of every issue of her ‘O’ magazine? Is the magazine about her? I got the explanation that it’s her magazine and she can do what she wants. Really? Whatever! It’s not my rambling about Oprah, it’s about ‘The Secret’ endorsed by her.
That Rhonda Byrne has guts, I must admit it.
‘The Secret’ is like a modern version of the snake oil.
What bothered me a lot is the stupidity, blame-the-victim approach and the bullshit of her preaching.
Random abstracts from the book:
The energy you put into the world — both good and bad — is exactly what comes back to you. This means you create the circumstances of your life with the choices you make every day.”

And another one:
“The only reason any person does not have enough money is because they are blocking money from coming to them with their thoughts.”

Let’s disclose the famous ‘secret’: It is actually the ‘Law of Attractions’ Do good and good will come; think positive and positive will come.
But unlucky you if you are born in Darfur and are not able to think positive.
Maybe Rhonda and her con-partners could help stop the genocide; maybe they are intelligent enough to channel positive thoughts and get rid somehow of the warlords.
The cherry on top of the cake: an article in The Vancouver Sun, featuring a 19 year old new mom, who just heard about the book from her parents (again, did not read it!), went to the store, bought the first lottery ticket of her adult life and won $2.5 million.
How would Rhonda explain that? As in: what about my positive thoughts and visualization of 2.5 million sitting comfortably in my bank account?
Hey, I sent gazillion of positive thinking about the money I need to be mortgage free and to be able to go with my family to a well deserved vacation!

The biggest ‘secret’ is how did Rhonda manage to secure the best selling position with Amazon for over 30-something weeks?