We have started to discuss the benefits of rooibos tea's quercetin in the body. This time, we'll tackle another bioflavonoid content of rooibos that also offers the body a number of health benefits - rutin.
Rutin is found in various food sources - citrus, berries, buckwheat seeds and of course, rooibos tea. It has been known to deliver health benefits in the body particularly in the protection of blood vessels.
In an experimental study published in the PubMed section of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, it has been found that rutin is capable of inhibiting platelet activating factors, thus helping in blood circulation.
Rutin also has anti-inflammatory effects. In a study published in the Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology journal, oral administration of rutin has been found to reduce paw oedema (fluid retention) in rats.
Rutin can also help with cases of varicosity. This bioflavonoid bolsters vein walls to let them function better and prevent varicose veins from getting worse. Oxerutin, a flavonoid from rutin, has been the subject of several studies and results showed that it could reduce swelling and pain.
In addition to the above benefits, there are still a number of beneficial claims from rutin that yet need comprehensive research. Perhaps in the future, these claims will get concrete findings and will be medically and scientifically recognized. In the meantime, why don't we just indulge in rooibos tea and savor health benefits in every sip.