Red Rooibos with Sceletium
Red Rooibos Tea suffused with Sceletium is a natural relaxant with a hint of Rooibos.
A lovely texture in the mouth and a rich finish elevate mood and give a general feeling of well being.
The mood-elevating action of Sceletium Tortuosum is caused by a number of alkaloids including mesembrine, mesembrenol and tortuosum, which interact with the brain’s dopamine and serotonin receptors. Mesembrine, especially, has been shown to be a potent serotonin uptake-inhibitor. The research results have shown that sceletium has a remarkable ability to effectively treat symptoms of anxiety.
In addition to sceletium’s common use for stress and mental fatigue, it has been used as a natural supplement for mood elevation, reduction of anxiety, stress and tension and energy enhancement
Lesser benefits include appetite suppression and anti-depressant (Pharmaceutical Biology 1998. Vol. 36. Pp 173-179)
Sutherlandia frutescens is a traditional herbal remedy that has enjoyed a long history of safe use. There are four key compounds that contribute to the efficacy of this medicinal plant: the non-protein amino-acid L-canavanine, pinitol, GABA and asparagine. In addition, a novel triterpenoid glucoside has been isolated and characterized with its utility still to be determined.
L-canavanine: There are significant levels of this compound in sutherlandia leaves. This potent amino-acid is an L-arginine antagonist with documented anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-cancer activities (Swaffar 1995; Crooks 1994).
The anti-viral activity includes anti-influenza and anti-retrovirus (Green 1988). L-canavanine is also a selective inhibitor of inducible nitric oxide synthase, and therefore has possible application in the treatment of septic shock and chronic inflammation (Anfoss, G. et a11999; Levy, B et aI1999).
Sutherlandia powerfully assists the body to mobilize its own resources to cope with diverse physical and mental stresses, and should therefore more correctly be known as an adaptogenictonic.