Rooibos, or bush tea, or commonly known as ‘red tea’, is a natural herb grown in the Cedarberg Mountains, South Africa. The reddish Rooibos tea is the product of leaves chopped from the plant left to dry in sun when it oxidizes and turns into red color and contains sweet flavor. The tea, which isn’t related to green tea processed from camella sinensis plant, can be served with or without sugar and milk (naturally the tea is sweet), and hot or cold. Rooibos tea contains many natural components and ingredients that are considered to bring health related benefits to the drinker.
Find out seven top Rooibos tea health benefits:
1. Rich in Antioxidants
Rooibos tea inhibits the destructive effects of oxidation in the body. The ‘red tea’ contains many flavinoids that are free-fighting antioxidants. These antioxidants help prevent cell damage as well as many heart related diseases such as cancer.
2. Free of Caffeine
Rooibos, unlike other green teas, is completely natural herbal tea that doesn’t contain any preservatives, additives, and artificial colors. It is completely caffeine free. This means you can drink the tea even before going to bed and still not have your sleep disrupted. It is completely safe to drink for pregnant women as well as children, too. In fact, recent studies done in South Africa and Japan have proven that the tea can also help with problems like headaches, insomnia, hypertension, and nervous tension.
3. Low Acid Content
If you are suffering from acid reflux disease, then here’s good news for you! Rooibos tea is absolutely safe to drink as it is less acidic, unlike other green tea, as it contains low levels of tannin.
4. Healthy Bones
On March 2001, Psychology Today released a report saying that Rooibos contains high level of polyphenols, the same ingredient that is responsible for maintaining higher bone density as well as prevent people from arthritis.
5. Allergy Fighter
Rooibos also contains anti-spasmodic components which have been known to soothe allergies as well as calm troubled stomach.
6. Excellent for Skin
Besides drinking, Rooibos are also popular to treat skin related problems like eczema. The ‘red tea’ is high in minerals and contains calcium, potassium, zinc, and fluoride.
7. Fights Aging.
Normal cell function produces free radical that is considered to be the main reason of aging. These harmful substances constantly fight against many healthy cells present inside the body, and over time, will eventually break down your body’s immune system, thereby speeding up the aging process. On the other hand, drinking Rooibos tea on a regular basis can keep the levels of free radical in check and keep them at normal levels.