New – 100% Organic Rooibos Matcha Powder

An antioxidant helping fight against those at risk of type 2 diabetes

The DNA in every cell of the human body suffers from around 10,000 “hits” from free radicals each day. Antioxidants can help your body fight free radicals and may help protect your body from a number of diseases. Minvita’s new 100% Organic Rooibos Matcha Powder is a superior way to enjoy Rooibos because when you make Rooibos tea from leaves, one only obtains the nutrients that infuse into the water. Research now shows that Rooibos is a actually a rich source of beneficial antioxidant polyphenols

As well as having a refreshing flavour, Minvita 100% Orgnnic Rooibos Matcha Powder it is naturally caffeine-free and contains fewer tannins, making is less astringent. Powdered leaves (Matcha Powder) can also be used to make iced or hot tea, and added to smoothies or baking ingredients.

By helping to neutralise harmful free radicals, Rooibos is especially useful for people with diabetes in whom free radical reactions are increased as a result of impaired glucose metabolism. In has beneficial effects on both heart and skeletal muscle cells, and appears to improve glucose control. This is thought to result from improved insulin release from the pancreas, and by improving reducing insulin resistance so that muscle cells are better able to extract glucose from the circulation. In a study involving 40 adults at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, drinking six cups of rooibos daily, for 6 weeks, significantly reduced oxidation of circulating fats, and decreased ‘bad’ LDL-cholesterol (from 4.6 mmol/L to 3.9 mmol/L) and triglycerides (from 1.7 mmol/L to 1.2 mmol/L) compared with a similar control period when no rooibos was used. Levels of ‘good’ HDL-cholesterol also increased significantly (from 0.9 mmol/L to. 1.2 mmol/L).

Dr Sarah Brewer, GP and Registered Nutritionist says: “ Together, these findings suggest that Rooibos is beneficial for adults at risk for developing cardiovascular disease – especially those with type 2 diabetes. Using Rooibos Matcha Powder is a more efficient way to obtain all the antioxidants and health benefits rather than using tea leaves. All the antioxidant benefits (and more) of green tea but without the caffeine, or the unpalatable taste.’

1 dessert spoon (5g) of the powder can be taken every day and can be mixed into smoothies, juices, cereals, yoghurts or added to hot water to drink. It can also be used as a cooking ingredient.

Minvita 100% Organic Rooibos Matcha Powder is available from branches of Holland and Barrett and selected Boots stores nationwide £19.99 for 250g or from www.minvita.co.uk

NB When using any food or supplement known to lower glucose levels, people with diabetes, should monitor their glucose levels in case their medication needs adjusting.

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