Cup of rooibos tea

Everything You Should Know About Rooibos Tea

This beautiful herb with a naturally floral aroma and sweet taste grows just in in the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa.

Rooibos (the red bush) grows about 3 feet tall and has needle-like leaves similar to a pine tree. Drinking rooibos tea has many benefits, and below you can read more about these benefits.

Rooibos tea contains no caffeine

Caffeine in some teas can be as high as that in coffee. While not devastating for your health, it can cause dizziness, trouble with sleeping, or make your heart rate rise in some cases. Tiredness and muscle tension can also follow after you stop taking it. Being caffeine-free tea, you don’t have to worry that Rooibos will leave you with jitters.

Nutrient content

Rooibos tea is a very good source of minerals like magnesium, copper, calcium, iron, potassium, and zinc. In many parts of the world, this tea is consumed for skin, hair and bone health because it is rich in mineral and alpha hydroxy acid content and is even consumed by children who are intolerant to dairy, as a calcium source substitute.

Rooibos tea has many nutrients and minerals in synergistic balance so they all work together for better absorption. For example, it contains magnesium to balance and help the calcium absorption, copper to balance and help the zinc absorption and others.

Health benefits

Antioxidants found in the rooibos tea help protect your liver against damage caused by t-BHP. Furthermore, rooibos was shown to prevent some of the initial damage caused by the liver and helps to repair it even more. Upset stomachs are often caused by inflammation, so when your stomach is in pain, it’s often easily corrected through drinking this tea. As mentioned before, this tea has been shown to fight off insomnia and can be used a substitute for sleeping pills.

Through its ingredients, you become calmer and relaxed. Your cortisol levels (a hormone that makes people stressed) are also kept lower after just 1 cup! A few studies have shown a link between drinking rooibos tea and a reduction of chemicals that cause cancer. This is because of the high amount of dominant antioxidants, which have anti-mutagenic properties, meaning that they defend cells & DNA against damage and inhibit them from developing into cancer.

One of the many potent antioxidants in rooibos tea is called Chysoeriol that can improve circulation by preventing the activity of the enzyme responsible for cardiovascular disease. Drinking rooibos tea also lowers blood pressure and cholesterol.

Side effects

One of the main rooibos tea side effects is that it can slow down iron absorption. This occurs because the levels of tannin are quite low in this tea. This can be fraught with iron deficiency in the organism. Iron deficiency in its turn is a really bad thing as it can cause a lot of health issues. Allergic reactions to this tea are not common. If you develop common allergy symptoms after drinking African rooibos tea, stop drinking it and ask your doctor for an advice.