Rooibos tea (pronounced Roy-bos) is a staple in most South African households. While you may not have ever heard of it, most South Africans will swear by it. This caffeine-free tea variety is also known as red bush tea, and when brewed it has an auburn color and gentle nutty flavor.
While Rooibos tea is delicious, it is becoming increasingly popular worldwide due to its remarkable health benefits. What makes this tea so good for you? Well, it all boils down to its remarkable antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Its caffeine free
While the amount of caffeine in black or green tea might seem negligible when compared to that in coffee, there is still quite a bit of caffeine in these teas (that most don’t know about). Caffeine can lead to increased heart rate, heart palpations, sleeplessness, anxiety and headaches. As Rooibos tea is naturally caffeine free, it is great to drink before bed thanks to its calming properties.
Its rich in antioxidants
Antioxidants are amazing little helpers that protect our cells from nasty things like free radicals. So, whether they are protecting our cells from illness or aging, antioxidants are always good for us. Rooibos tea contains high levels of antioxidants such as aspalathin and quercetin.
It helps with aches and pains
Rooibos tea has anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. This means that rooibos tea, by activating potassium ions in the body, can help alleviate the symptoms of stomach cramps. Additionally, it is also great for teething babies and don’t worry, because rooibos tea is caffeine free, it is safe enough to give to your younger family members. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, it can help to soothe the aggravation in the gums. It can also help your baby fall to sleep.
It improves cholesterol levels
In various studies, Rooibos tea was shown to help decrease the levels of bad LDL cholesterol in patients and at the same time, there was an increase in good HDL cholesterol levels. So, if you are looking to improve your heart heath, this tea might be the one for you.
Rooibos may have an anti-diabetic affect
Rooibos tea can help keep blood sugar levels under control. In fact, according to one study, rooibos tea contains the only natural source of the antioxidant, aspalathin, which can be beneficial to those who suffer with type 2 diabetes.
Whether you take your tea with milk or lemon, this tea has great health benefits for you