Red (Rooibos) Tea Vs. Green Tea

Red (Rooibos) Tea Vs. Green Tea

Apr 22nd 2021

There has been much ado about the antioxidant power houses of Green and Red (Rooibos) Tea. We figure it's time to have a good ol' fashion throw down. 

In the right corner we have Rooibos Tea (Raging Red) who hails from South Africa. And in the left corner we have Green Tea (The Not-So-Friendly Green Giant) all the way from Asia. Let see how these two fighters compare.

In the Ring

Rooibos Red Tea
Rooibos Tea Espresso
Green Tea
Origin South Africa
South Africa
Asia
Caffeine 0 mg
0 mg
25 mg
ORAC*
5 per ml
59 per ml
11 per ml
Minerals
Iron, Calcium, Potassium, Copper, Manganese, Zinc, Magnesium

Iron, Calcium, Potassium, Copper, Manganese, Zinc, Magnesium

Catechins, Chlorophyll Potassium, calcium, fluorine, saponins, phosphorus, manganese, γ-aminobuytryic acid (GABA).

Antioxidants

Research has shown that red tea contains Superoxide Dismutase, a compound with strong antioxidant properties.

Research has shown that red tea contains Superoxide Dismutase, a compound with strong antioxidant properties.

Contains Epigallocatechin, another powerful antioxidant.

Benefits

Antioxidants. Anti-inflammatory. Reduces insomnia and high blood pressure. Boosts immune system and blood circulation as well as eases cramps, abdominal pain, headaches and stress. Good for bone, skin and hair, ease/protect from Diabetes and symptoms of Type II Diabetes.

Antioxidants. Anti-inflammatory. Reduces insomnia and high blood pressure. Boosts immune system and blood circulation as well as eases cramps, abdominal pain, headaches and stress. Good for bone, skin and hair, ease/protect from Diabetes and symptoms of Type II Diabetes.

Antioxidants. Lowers cholesterol, stops damage to cells and prevents tooth decay, good for bone, skin and hair health, reduces risk of cancer, improves artery and brain function, memory, reaction speed, stress and hypertension activities, boosts the immune system, protects the brain from aging, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Precaution

It interferes with cancer treatments like chemotherapy.

Caffeine content can increase insomnia. It may not be suitable for people who are caffeine sensitive.

Taste Natural Sweet/Fruity
Natural Sweet
Bitter
Tannins Low in Tannins
Low in Tannins
High in Tannins

*The Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity [ORAC] value is a single number that reflects a food’s ability to reduce free radicals in the body.

In Conclusion both green and red teas are both good choices. They both have powerful antioxidant effects, but acquire these effects from different compounds. Unlike green tea, red tea (Rooibos) does not have any caffeine content, and hence, the blend is suitable for even younger children and those who are sensitive to caffeine or suffer from insomnia.

Keep in mind that both green and red tea contain tannins, compounds that can bind to essential minerals and lower their rate of absorption. For that reason, tea is best consumed after meals. Also all the benefits are increased on regular consumption. Figure out what suits you better. Basically, both green and red tea have great health benefits, including for your brain and heart.

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