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Red is a popular colour this month: scarlet heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, silky cherry lingerie, and velvety ruby-red roses. And for a tea lover, David’s Tea just introduced Cranberry Dandelion Tea. Cranberry shouldn’t be reserved only for Thanksgiving or Christmas, right?

Not only is it a rich claret colour, but it is a tart and spicy tea with a slight earthy, bitterness from dandelion root, a very subtle whisper of cinnamon. This caffeine-free, kosher tea has a rooibos base. It also contains hibiscus, rosehips, and oat straw.

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There are some health benefits to cranberry, and to dandelion tea, but as with all things, should be taken in moderation. Cranberry may also interact with some medications.

Where rooibos tea keeps you hydrated, dandelion tea is a natural diuretic, which means it can help decrease water weight,and regulate blood sugar levels. Both dandelion tea and cranberry may help flush toxins and aid in preventing bacterial infections in the urinary tract. Compounds in  dandelion tea decrease inflammation and the diuretic effect increases the production of urine, and acidic compounds in cranberries fight off bad bacteria.  Too much cranberry, though, can increase the discomforting sense of urgency associated  with urinary tract infections. Other side effects for both dandelion tea and cranberry are mild stomach upset and diarrhea.

Dandelion tea has vitamins A, C and D, and high amounts of vitamin K, which is known to build bone strength. Dandelion root is also said to help cure hangovers. Cranberries are high in vitamins C and E, as well as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. In fact, they are rated just under blueberries.

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Happy Monday!