The same amount of antioxidants as a cup of blueberries

The same amount of antioxidants as a cup of blueberries

One 60ml shot of red espresso® Rooibos has the same amount of antioxidants as 1 cup of blueberries, 6 cups of beetroot juice or 20 cups of carrot juice. It also has 5 X more antioxidants than a cup of green tea and 10 X more antioxidants than regular brewed Rooibos tea (per ORAC measurements as researched by the Antioxidant Research Unit at INFRUITEC).

Antioxidants essentially prevent and repair damage to our bodies caused by free radicals. Free radicals are natural by-products of oxidation in the body. They are triggered by factors including poor diet, pollution, exposure to chemicals, smoking and stress. They are also highly reactive: They attack healthy cells and start a chain reaction, like dominoes. They are especially dangerous when they interact with important cellular components like DNA or the cell membrane. Cells may function poorly or die if this occurs, and such irreversible damage can lead to degenerative diseases like cancer & heart disease. Extensive research indicates that diets high in antioxidant-rich foods offer significant protection against cancer, heart disease and other age-related degenerative diseases. 

The Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity [ORAC] value is a single number that reflects a food’s ability to reduce free radicals in the body. red espresso® Rooibos meets a significant part of the ideal ORAC requirement for your day – with 4720 protective ORACS per shot: 5 x more than green tea, and 10 x more than traditionally brewed Rooibos tea. 

Why does red espresso® have more antioxidants than regular Rooibos?

Because our tea is ground to a finer cut, more of it is exposed to hot water. Prepared in appliances that use steam and boiling water under pressure, its health properties are extracted more effectively – including its antioxidants. 

Containing the powerful antioxidant Aspalathin – found only in Rooibos – and flavonoids including a mimic of the super antioxidant enzyme Super-Oxide Dismutase (SOD), red espresso® Rooibos has a range of powerful health benefits:

  • Boosting your immune system
  • Protecting your heart
  • Age-defying
  • Detoxing
  • Calming
  • Protecting your cells against diseases like cancer

A shot a day may just help keep the doctor away. And you can do it in effortless, delicious style.

Disclaimer: The information on this blog is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms or need health advice, please consult a healthcare professional.

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Kirsty Reid

Kirsty, Monique’s sister, joined red espresso® in 2008 after years of graphic design and art direction on glossy magazines. In addition to being an incredible design talent who has had a fundamental impact on our brand’s look and feel, she has also championed our e-Commerce and Customer Service departments alongside Monique. This has made her a very familiar face to our many customers who have come to know and enjoy their time with her over the years! Kirsty also teaches yoga and volunteers part-time at the Ashia Cheetah Sanctuary in Paarl.