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From Ulrich Arndt
Protects the Heart and Detoxifies
Today, after its extraordinary healing powers were verified by science, it is not only popular in Greece. The fact is: rockrose tea is three times as healthy as green tea and elderberry juice. It protects the heart four times better than red wine and it is an antioxidant twenty times stronger than freshly pressed lemon juice. This was the result of tests conducted by the Lefo Institute of Ahrensburg. In their study, the researchers compared several teas, juices and wines as to their ability to neutralise so-called free radicals such as environmental pollutants and harmful by-products of the metabolism.
Well-known scavengers of free radicals are the 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 – the cholesterol level rises dramatically. The fatal thing is that residue of the metabolism and minerals attach themselves to these spots quickly; 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 rockrose contains an exceptionally effective combination of antioxidants: already a jigger of the concentrated tea has the same effect as a daily dose of vitamin C (as ascorbic acid). In Chalkidiki people drink a lot of rockrose tea during the day. Maybe this is the reason why there are so many people over 100 years of age.
However, rockrose is able to do much more. Prof. Claus Peter Siegers of the University in Lubeck proves that rockrose detoxifies the body and eliminates toxic heavy metals deriving from the smoke of cigarettes, dental fillings and environmental pollution. In Sieger’s study, smokers drank only 50 millilitres of rockrose decoction twice a day. The rockrose concentrate is comparable to a strong extraction of tea (see information box below). After four weeks, at the end of the examination, the cadmium level in participant’s blood was significantly lower than before. Therapists advise drinking a litre of rockrose tea a day during dental restauration..
Stronger than Vitamin E and C
The fact that rockrose is also beneficial for the immune system was discovered in laboratory tests by Dr. Vinzenz Nowak from Bad Iburg. Already a cup of tea a day is supposed to stimulate the immune system significantly (see box below). Further, Dr. Frank Petereit stated in his dissertation at the University of Munster that rockrose 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, are controlled by rockrose. That is very important for our time because stress and increasing strain through environmental pollutants destabilise the sensitive balance of useful bacteria in the intestine very fast. Symptoms are slow digestion, itching, weariness and lack of energy. Rockrose tea improves all this and supports a healthy bacterial flora. Petereit also discovered that rockrose 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 rockrose decoction has a very strong antiviral effect on influenza viruses and even on birdflu viruses (H7N7 was examined ).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.
Rockrose for Beauty
The scientists also followed up with the desire of the Olympic goddesses. The result: if someone dabs the skin with concentrated rockrose tea twice a day, they will have a significantly cleaner and healthier complexion even with acne and neurodermatitis just after four weeks.
Studies of the Professor Wei?ling’s Chemical Laboratory in Altenberge as well as a practical study by Dr. Reiner Wobling in Bad Rothenfelde confirmed this notion. Tests by Professor G. Wiese in Hamm verify that thanks to rockrose the appearance of the skin improved in 61 of 95 patients suffering from neurodermatitis, which was previously treated without success. Contrary to other therapies (drugs, treatments with light and acupuncture), 64 percent of the patients improved after being treated for four weeks. The secret of these astonishing versatile effects of the rockrose herb is the particularly high level of vitamin P. Certain tannic acid compounds are also involved, the so-called polyphenols. Rockrose 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. The “Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Ernahrung” (“German Association for Nutrition”) emphasises:
“ Foods rich in polyphenols prevent the cells from unregulated reproduction, stabilise heart and circulation (red wine effect) and support the biological activity of vitamin C.”


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