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TheMiracleat TheMiracleat “RedBush” “RedBush” MarcS.Micozzi,M.D.,Ph.D.

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TheMiracleat TheMiracleat “RedBush” “RedBush” MarcS.Micozzi,M.D.,Ph.D.

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T h e M ir a cle a t “ Red Bu s h ”

H ighintheCedarburgMountainsabove

CapeTown,SouthAfrica,growsvirtually

alloftheworldsupplyofrooibos(orAfrikaans

for“redbush”).Onehundredyearsagothisre-

markableplantwasknownonlytotheBushmenof

theKalahariDesert.Theyusedthisplanttosur-

viveandremainhydratedinthehottest,harshest,

driestplaceontheplanet.

Byplacingabranchofthisbushintotheir

watersupply,theycouldtransformtheirwater—

makingithealthierandmorehydrating.

historicallycenteredonathletes,it’sactuallya

problemforusall.

Yousee,ourAmericandietandlifestylecanbe

verydehydrating.Andourwatersuppliesare

“dead”intermsofnaturalelements,orelec-

trolytes,andminerals.

Theseelectrolytesandmineralsareessentialto

cellularmetabolismandenergy.Oxygenservesas

fuelforthemitochondriawithinyourcells.Mito-

chondriaactlikemillionsofminiinternalcom-

bustion(fast-firingpiston)engines.The

TenyearsagoIbeganinvestigatingtheprop- electrolytesandmineralshelpmetabolizeoxygen

ertiesofrooibosasaplantwithremarkablehealth withinyourcells.Oxygeniscombinedwithcarbo-

properties.This“redbushmiracle”hadbecome

widelyusedasahotteainfusionthroughout

SouthAfrica.

hydrate,likeburningafire,andthemitochondria produceenergy,CO 2 andwater—essentially h y - d r a t i n g y o u r c e l l s f ro m t h e i n s i d e .I’llexplain moreonthisinamoment…

Itturnsoutthatrooiboshasasimilarantioxi-

dantprofiletogreentea.Theredbushactually

makesantioxidantstoprotectitselfagainstheat

andsunlight—andhumansaretheincidental,op- colleaguesandIwereanxioustofindout…but

portunisticbeneficiaries.Infact,rooibosiscare- therewasaproblem.

fullyharvestedduringthehottest,driesttimeof

theyear,sotheantioxidantcontentisashighas

possible.

Butfirst,whatcouldthetime-testedsecretof

“redbush”dotohelpwithcellularhydration?My

Wedidn’thavethehundredsofmillionsof

dollarsneededtoinvestinfull-blown,“proper”

studiesthatthe“modern”medicalestablishment

insistsupon.Thetypeofstudiesthatmightgive

“Redtea”isalsonaturallyfreeofcaffeineand

oxalicacid(whichmaycauseurinarystones).This thisredbushsecretitsduerespect.Andwecer-

makesitanidealalternativetotypicalgreenor

blacktea.

tainlydidn’thavethehundredsofmillionsofdol-

larstocompetewiththegargantuanbeverageand

bottlingcompaniesthatsuccessfullymarketso-

calledhydrationdrinks(mostofwhicharethe

colorofsomethingyouwouldputinyourcar’s

radiator!).

SoIsetouttotestthishydrationmarvel o u t - s i d e ofthelaboratory—andonthefield…

Anuntappedmarvelforyourvigor

SoafterlearninghowBushmencametode-

penduponrooibosinoneofthehottestenviron-

mentsknowntoman,wewantedtoseeifrooibos

couldbetheanswerto…

OurNation’sHIDDENEPIDEMIC

Couldthe“redbushmiracle”hydratethebody

atacellularlevel?Cellularhydrationisarealphe-

nomenon.Andit’saproblemnooneistalking

about.Andifyouthinkallthatbottledwater

you’redrinkingwillhelp…thinkagain.Itmaynot

helpatall.

Oneofthesmallrooiboscompanieswith

whichIworkedwaslocatedinBoise,Idaho.Asa

result,wedecidedtoapproachthecoachofthe

BoiseStateBroncoFootballTeam.Atthistime,

nobodyhadeverheardofBoiseState.Butfortu-

Whilemostoftheconcernabouthydrationhas

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T h e M ir a cle a t “ Red Bu s h ”

natelyforus,Idahohasatraditionofindependent

andoriginalthinkingandthiscoach(Coach

Crainer)provednoexception.Assoonasweex- meandsayingthatwithoutrooibostheywouldnot

plainedourideasaboutrooibos,heagreedtohelp

out.Sohehadsomeofhisplayersbegintodrink

theredbushtea,thenfollowedupwithsomebasic

performancetrials.Theresultswereastounding.It

wascleartherooiboswashavingasignificantim-

pactonperformance.

wentontotheplayoffs.OnChristmasEve2006,I

receivedanemailfromRickBurkholderthanking

beontheirwaytoDallastoplaytheCowboysin

theNFCplayoffs.

Sincethen,manyotherwinningprofessional

footballteamshaveimprovedtheirrecordswhile

drinkingrooibos.IncludingtheSanDiegoCharg-

ers,NewYorkJets,NewEnglandPatriots,Green

BayPackers,andtheKansasCityChiefs.

Soontheentirefootballteamwasdrinkinga

special,“limitededition”rooibosbeveragewehad

formulated.Andwithinjusttwoyears,BoiseState

wentfromanunknownteamtoseveralunbeaten

seasons,winningtheFiestaBowl,andbecominga

perennialfavoriteasoneofthenation’stopfoot-

ballteams.

Butwedidn’tstopwithfootball.Duringthe

summerof2007,Iwasstartingtomakemylong-

anticipatedmovebacktoNewEngland,whereI

hadgrownup.Asaresult,Iwasspendingalotof

timethere.So,wegotintoseetheBostonRed

SoxheadtrainerPaulLessard—totalktohim

Wealsohadthegoodfortunetofindaveryfor- aboutrooibos.Heputtheteamonitfortheplay-

ward-thinkingresearcherandprofessoratAp- offs.TheRedSoxwentontowintheWorldSeries

palachianStateUniversityinNorthCarolina(Dr.

AllanUnger).Heperformedevenmorescientific

observationsonthehydrationbenefitsofrooibos.

AndsoonathletesatASUweredrinkingtherooi-

bosbeverage.Onceagain,weendedupwitha winningteam.ASUbeatMichiganonLaborDay

weekend2007—whichwastheupsetoftheseason.

foronlytheseventhtimeinacentury.

Nowatthispoint,you’reprobablyasking…if

rooiboscoulddoallthis,whyhaven’tyouheard

aboutit?AndIdon’tblameyou…it’samazingto

methatrooibosstillhasn’tgottentherespectit

deserves.

Andwiththat,wewerejustgettingstarted…

WealsowenttotheNFL.SinceIwasworking

inPhiladelphiaatthetime,wewenttotheathletic

trainerofthePhiladelphiaEagles(RickBurk-

holder).Afterweexplainedthebenefitsofrooi-

bos,hesaidhewouldkeepitinmind.

TheEaglesweren’thavingagreatseasonthat

particularyearandmid-waythroughtheseason

theylostakeyplayerduetowhatsoundedlike

theclassicsymptomsofdehydration.They

thoughthewasoutfortheseason.ButBurkholder

puthimonrooibosandhewasbackinthegame

thefollowingweek.

WhenheadcoachAndyReidfoundoutabout

rooibos,heinsistedthewholeteamgetstartedon

it.TheEaglesthenwonsevengamesinarowand

Buttheexplanationisplainandsimple:The

NFLhasahalf-billiondollarcontractwith

G a t o r a d e .Caseclosed.

Butnotanymore…

Improveyourgolfgame,

ratchetupyourtennisserve,

andinfuseenergyintoyoureverydaylife

Whilethesecretofrooiboswasclearlyhelping

athletes“intheirprime”…wealsoworkedwith

many,older,retiredNFLalumniandobservedthe

sameremarkablebenefitsintheireverydaylives

andactivities.Sojustimagine…ifrooiboscould

improvetheperformanceoftop-performingath-

letesandleadersofthegame…whatcoulditdo

forYOU?

Nowasaphysicianandscientist,I’mtrained

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towanttoseemillionsofdollars’worthofstudies

to“prove”thevalueofaplantconstituent.And

wouldhavelovedtohaveformallytestedthepo-

tentialimpactofrooibosoneveryone.

Butyouknowwhat?Highschool,college,and

professionalcoachesandathleteswanttoseeper-

formanceandtheywanttowin.Sowhenthemed- Thesecretinourcellsisthatthemitochondria,

ical-industrialcomplexisunwillingtotestwhat

verywellcouldbeaTRUEfountainofvigor—we

passedthetestswhereitmatteredmost,righton

thefield.

Franklin’sscientificpanelinParis)understood

thatthechemistryoflifeisessentiallylikebuild-

ingafire.It’sacombustionreactionwherehydro-

carbonorcarbohydrateiscombinedwithoxygen

toformcarbondioxideandwater,givingoffa

tremendousamountofheatandenergy.

essentiallytheenergyfactorieswithinourcells,

capturethecombustionenergyinabiochemical

form.Butwhataboutthewaterthatiscreatedin-

sideproperlynourishedandenergizedcells?

Weconstantlyhearalotabouthydration,and

Thisisnot“hydration”thatcomesfromout-

certainlyhavealotof“hydration”beverages

floodingthemarket…butwhat’sreallysospecial

aboutrooibos?

sidethecellsthroughthefluidwedrink.It’sthe

watergeneratedbytheenergyfactoriesofthe

cellsasabyproductofcellularrespiration.Prop-

erlynourishedandenergizedcellsmaketheirown

waterandkeepthemselveshydrated!

Whydoesn’tanyonetalkabout t h i s propertyof ourcellsintermsofhealthyhydration?

Rooiboshelpsresuscitate“dead”water.

Asyouknow,it’simportanttogetplentyof

fluidandelectrolytes(saltsintherightpropor-

tions)toabsorbandretainfluidsinthebloodand

tissues.InNaturewateriswhatIcall“alive.”It

containsahostofconstituents,electrolytes,min- fectsofsomanymoderndrugsisthattheypoison

erals,andnutrientstohelpmakethishappen.But

unfortunately,youwon’tfindtheseinthesterile,

dead,chlorinatedmunicipalgovernmentwater

supplieswedrinktoday.Plainandsimple,our

drinkingwaterismissingelementsitshouldhave,

andoftencontainstoxicchemicals(including

chlorine)thatnooneshoulddrink.Andthesame

holdstrueforso-called“safer”bottledwater.

Oneoftheproblemswiththecripplingsideef-

themitochondria.Thisnotonlydeprivesthecells

ofenergy,butdehydratesthemaswell.Theside

effectsofstatindrugsforcholesterolaretypical

forcausingthesetypesofproblemsincells,espe-

ciallymusclecells,includingthecrucialheart

muscle.

Inournewtranslationofthe10 th century physicianAvicenna(theleadingmedicalthinker overathousand-yearspanintheWest),wesee thathewritesaboutplantsthathaveproperties thatessentiallyhydrateatthecellularlevel.It seemstomethatrooibosmusthavebiochemical propertiesthathelpcellsstayhydrated,andmake themitochondriafunctionoptimally.Thiswould

explainthephysicalbenefitsrooibosprovides:in-

creasedenergyandtheabilitytocombatahostof

Onepropertyofredbushisthatwheninfused

inwaterevenatroomtemperature(liketheKala-

hariBushmen)itquicklyandeasilyaddsback

someoftheconstituentsthataremissinginour

modernday“dead”water.

Rooiboshelpsfuelyouractualcells

Butinadditiontothequalityofthewaterwe

drink,thereisanotherimportantaspectofhydra- commonillsandfunctionalcomplaints.

tionthatoccursinsideeverycellinthebody(ex-

ceptforredbloodcells).AntoineLavoisier(the 18 th centuryFrenchchemistwhowasonBen

Sowhatcanthiscellular-hydratingsecretdo

foryou?Ifit’shelpingtowinchampionshipsat

thecollegeandprofessionallevels,justthinkhow

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muchmorevigor,energyandall-aroundyouthcan

beinfusedintoyoureverydayactivities.

muchmorehydratingthananyotherfluidI’veever

seen.

Thebestpartis—thiscellularsecretisasaf- Lookforrooibos(orredbush)teainyourlocal

fordableandavailableasyourfavoritetea.Infact,

that’sthepreferredmethodtoconsumeitatthe

moment.Irecommendreplacingyour8-glasses-a- andteashops.Simplysteeptheteabagsinwater

daywith4-6glassesofrooibos tea—hotoriced. It’sdelicious,easytokeepapitcheronhand,and

healthfoodstoreorevensomeregulargrocery

stores.Itcanalsobefoundinsomespecialtycoffee

anddrinkhot,orthenpouroverice.

Tryitforyourselfandfeelthedifference.

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