Comparison of antioxidant content
As researched by the Antioxidant Research Unit at INFRUITEC in Stellenbosch, South Africa, one shot (60ml) of red espresso – enjoyed as a red cappuccino, poured over juice as an iced tea, or added to your morning smoothie as a booster shot – is the equivalent of drinking 5 cups of green tea, 6 cups of beetroot juice, 10 cups of traditionally-brewed rooibos tea or 20 cups of carrot juice in terms of how many antioxidants it contains.
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 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 it 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 has a range of powerful health benefits:
- Boosting your immune system
- Protecting your heart
- Protecting your cells against diseases like cancer