4 Health Benefits of Rooibos tea
Howzit Tea Lovers!
If you need help deciding whether you should be having Rooibos during your daily tea break – or should we say tea breaks – you’ve come to the right place. We would like to share 4 health benefits of Rooibos, to help you make an informed decision.
Of course, the list of benefits we’re about to discuss is not exhaustive. If you do some googling, you will find a whole lot of claims regarding the health benefits of drinking Rooibos. Some of which have more data than others…
We cannot discuss all the benefits of Rooibos in a single post nor can we separate ALL the facts from fiction. Nonetheless, we at Rooibos Rocks care first and foremost about your well-being and so, want to provide you with SOME factual info to help you and your family make healthier lifestyle choices.
And now, without any further ado, we present to you…4 Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea.
Health benefit # 1: Caffeine Free
Unlike other teas, Rooibos is naturally caffeine free. So, if you’re trying to cut down on your caffeine intake, Rooibos tea could be your go-to drink. Moreover, if you need something delicious and healthy to sip on before going to bed then Rooibos is your best bet.
Because of its zero caffeine content, you can consume Rooibos directly before you hit the hay without it having any adverse effects on your quality of sleep. In fact, Rooibos could actually have a positive effect on your sleep quality…
Given that Redbush tea is caffeine free AND that it is known to have a soothing effect on the body’s central nervous system, it should help you get some decent shut-eye. As a result, you will wake up refreshed and ready to hit the road running.
Health benefit # 2: Antioxidant RichStudies suggest that Rooibos tea, being rich in antioxidants, can increase the levels of antioxidants in your blood. To understand why this may be beneficial let us explain what antioxidants are…
Get your lab coats, this is the chemistry… Ready?
Antioxidants are the molecules that help prevent cell damage caused by the Free Radicals that your body produces. Essentially, antioxidants are stable enough to do without an extra electron and so work by donating this spare electron to the free radicals. And that’s good!
Free Radicals are molecules that have an uneven number of electrons and are thus unstable. They are produced by the body as it processes food and as it reacts to its surrounding environment.
Health benefit #3: Could contribute to a healthy heart
Speaking of antioxidants… Rooibos tea contains a particular antioxidant called Chrysoeriol which is understood to contribute to a healthy heart.
How so, you ask?
Well, researchers claim that Chrysoeriol could help prevent your arteries from becoming narrow and hard – a scenario which can lead to a heart attack.
Further, Rooibos is also thought to aid the healthy functioning of your heart by significantly inhibiting the activity of the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE). This enzyme is thought to increase blood pressure and is believed to contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease.
Health benefit #4: Low in tannins (tannic acid)
Ever wondered why you feel nauseous after having a cup of green tea, especially if you’ve had too much of it on an empty stomach?
Well, most teas contain tannic acid, but green tea has a particularly high concentration of this bitter polyphenol. As such, it can increase the amount of acid in your stomach enough to cause constipation, acid reflux and even nausea. Such an issue will not occur when drinking (even copious amounts of) Rooibos tea though as it has a much lower tannin content.
Other than causing side effects like nausea, tannic acid also interferes with the absorption of non-heme iron (that’s iron from plant-based foods). As a result, infants and toddlers, teenage girls, pre-menopausal women, elderly men and vegetarians who get their iron from plant-based foods are advised to consume black tea / green tea at least one hour after meals.
If Rooibos is your drink of choice, you can drink it whenever you want, as it is not known to significantly affect iron absorption. Bottoms up!!
Rooibos simply rocks
Due to its many health benefits, Rooibos can be enjoyed during all stages of your life…during pregnancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age. So bring us along on your life’s journey, we’re here for the long haul!
By the way, did we mention that, apart from benefiting you, consuming Rooibos tea can help others too?
A toast to healthy living
Thank you for letting us share some of the health benefits of Rooibos tea with you. Hopefully, by now, we’ve said enough to convince you to become or seriously consider becoming a Rooibos rookie in order to lead a healthier life.
Start making healthier lifestyle choices by heading on over to our shop to see the range of wholesome Rooibos tea products that we have. You’ll be sure to find something that fits your fancy.
Here’s to healthier living.
The Rooibos Rocks Family
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