Green tea has lots of benefits, but the bad effects seem to weigh heavily against the benefits. The tea is dehydrating, contains caffeine that works against many adrenal functions, and the high content of flourine is a big negative for the thyroid.
A great alternative that has superior benefits with virtually no side effects is Cistus tea.
Well-known scavengers of free radicals are vitamins E and C, beta-carotene and plant pigments (flavonoids). If the body has not enough of these antioxidants, the toxic substances can freely develop. They are responsible for premature ageing and a multitude of various diseases.
They harm, for example, the walls of small blood vessels. As first aid, the body has to produce cholesterol to repair the holes and the cholesterol level rises dramatically. The fatal thing is that residue of the metabolism and minerals attach themselves to these spots quickly and the blood flow is inhibited.
Arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure and other cardio-vascular diseases are the result.
The scientists of the Lefo Institute discovered that Cistus contains an exceptionally effective combination of antioxidants.
A jigger of the concentrated tea has the same effect as a daily dose of vitamin C. In Chalkidiki people drink a lot of Cistus tea during the day. It is thought this is why there are so many people over 100 years of age in the area.
Already a cup of tea a day is supposed to stimulate the immune system significantly.
Further, Dr. Frank Petereit stated in his dissertation at the University of Munster that Cistus helps with a lot of fungal infections like the dangerous intestinal and vaginal mycosis, candida albicans.
Also, other harmful microorganisms such as coliform bacteria and helicobacter, the latter of which causes gastritis and ulcers, are controlled by Cistus.
That is very important for our time because stress and increasing strain through environmental pollutants destabilize the sensitive balance of useful bacteria in the intestine very fast. Symptoms are slow digestion, itching, fatigue and lack of energy.
Cistus tea improves all this and supports a healthy bacterial flora. Petereit also discovered that Cistus relieves various forms of inflammations. If a litre of the tea is drunk, typical symptoms in the blood will significantly decrease. The effect in case of inflammations of the gums is obvious; just rinse out your mouth several times daily with the tea for several minutes and, additionally, drink two or three cups of it.
What is even more spectacular is that concentrated Cistus decoction has a very strong antiviral effect on influenza viruses. This was discovered by biologists of the “Institut fur Molekulare Virologie“ (”Institute of Molecular Virology”) in Munster. Professor Stefan Ludwig of the University Hospital in Munster points out that the best thing is that the tea does not damage the bodily cells affected by the virus. Contrary to treatments with antibiotics, the viruses do not develop any signs of resistance.
The secret of these astonishing versatile effects of the Cistus herb is the particularly high level of vitamin P. Certain tannic acid compounds are also involved, the so-called polyphenols. Cistus belongs to the group of plants with the highest level of these active agents.
In lower concentrations, they are also found in other healthy foods like onions and red wine. These substances have a stronger antioxidant effect than the well-known vitamins E and C.