Many drink tea, hot and iced, as an alternative to coffee or soda. Types and flavors of teas are abundant from caffeinated black tea to herbal infused varieties. One type of tea that we particularly like is Rooibos. It originates from South Africa, and the name means “red bush” in African.
The leaves, which produce the tea, have been found to have numerous health benefits. Here’s our top 10:
- Contains Polyphenols — Like extra virgin olive oil, Rooibus tea contain polyphenols, which have anti-inflammatory and antiviral qualities.
- Caffeine Free — If you’ve been advised to reduce your caffeine intake, Rooibus is a great caffeine-free alternative.
- Stress Reliever — Rooibus tea has been known to relieve stress, nervous tension and hypertensive (high blood pressure) conditions.
- Rich in Minerals — Red Rooibus tea is rich in calcium, manganese and fluoride. By increasing these minerals in your diet, you can reduce your chances of developing conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and chronic joint pain.
- Heart Health — Quercetin, a powerful antioxident in Rooibus tea, has been shown to be an anti-inflammatory, which can reduce blood pressure. Quercetin also promotes an increase in HDL cholesterol and inhibits the LDL cholesterol.
- Infant Health — Rooibus tea has shown to alleviate colic or stomach pains in young children.
- Diabetes — Aspalathin is a rare antioxidant found in Rooibus and can help balance blood sugar, improve insulin resistance, improve glucose absorption by muscles and boosts the insulin secretion from the pancreas.
- Skin Care — Rooibus tea contains alpha hydroxy and zinc, both of which are great for the skin. Tea powder applied directly to the skin can help alleviate acne, pimples and sunburn.
- Kidney Stones — Rooibus tea doesn’t contain any oxalic acid, an ingredient that is discouraged for those who suffer from kidney stones.
- Premature Aging — The antioxidants in Rooibus tea can slow down the aging process and help strengthen the immune system.
Be Happy. Be Healthy. Drink More Rooibus.
Susan and Bridget