What is Rooibos Tea?
Map showing the Cederberg Range
The History of Rooibos Tea
Processing of Rooibos Tea
Rooibos bush in South Africa
Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea
Rooibos does not contain any caffeine or sugar, but it has traces of fluoride, iron, potassium, copper instead, as well as vitamin C and flavonoids. It has been used by pregnant African women for its healthful properties and is considered a great support to healthy dieting. Some of the potential health benefits of Rooibos tea are listed below:
1) Prevent cancers - Rooibos is full of Polyphenols, natural chemicals that have antibacterial, antiviral and antioxidant properties. They scavenge around the body to help protect it from cancer causing agents.
2) Lowers blood pressure - Rooibos is known for treating nervous tension and high blood pressure. This in turn can help reduce the chance of heart attacks and other heart related health issues.
3) Can support liver and digestion - Rooibos contains multiple antispasmodic compounds which help reduce the occurrence of abdominal pain and reduces the incidences of diarrhoea. It also increases the antioxidant levels in the liver, allowing for optimal functionality.
4) Blood sugar management - Rooibos contains the rare antioxidant called Aspalathin. Aspalathin improves insulin resistance in the body, balances blood sugar levels, encourages glucose to be absorbed into the muscles and increases insulin release from the pancreas. It is therefore beneficial to those suffering from diabetes, or who are at risk of developing diabetes.
5) Healthy skin, hair and bones - Rooibos contains naturally occuring alpha hydroxy acid. This is the same compound found in many skin treatments and helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The high levels of antioxidants can help prevent hair follicles from being damaged, promoting healthy hair. Rooibos is high in calcium, manganese and fluoride and is known to increase osteoblast activity which in turn strengthens bones.
6) Weight management - Rooibos is low in calories. Swap your tea of coffee served with milk and sugar for a lower calorie alternative. Rooibos is also naturally sweet and can starve off sugar cravings. In addition, Rooibos is a stress reliever, which in turn can discourage stress related eating habits.
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How to prepare Rooibos tea:
Used filtered water where possible and don't over brew the tea or it will become too strong.
1-2 teaspoons per cup. Brew for 5-10 minutes in boiling water.
1-2 teaspoons per cup. Brew for 5 minutes in boiling water.
Brew your rooibos tea as above. Chill then add ice cubes.
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Rooibos tea is a delicious and healthy herbal tea that is packed with antioxidants and associated with several health benefits. It is caffeine-free and has a sweet, nutty flavour that is perfect for any time of day. If you're looking for a new tea to add to your collection, be sure to give rooibos tea a try!