Why Rooibos is recognized as a superfood
What is a superfood? One that’s especially rich in health boosting minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Forbes magazine, amongst other publications, features Rooibos on a list of superfoods. Want to know why? Read on!
Guards against cancer
Rooibos is packed with Quercetin, Aspalathin and Chrysoeriol. Research suggests these may help prevent damage caused by excess free radicals in the body and reduces your chances of developing cancer.
Reduces stress and improves sleep quality
Rooibos is caffeine-free so it won’t buzz you up or increase your blood pressure. It also contains traces of Magnesium. This is known as “nature’s tranquilizer” and has the ability to suppress the amount of the stress hormone cortisol that your body produces. Stress and poor sleep are both very detrimental to your wellbeing so drinking Rooibos is a very good idea!
Keep your heart healthy
The Aspalathin in Rooibos protects your heart by suppressing vascular inflammation and the build-up of plaque. Other studies show that Rooibos tea could help with ACE (Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme) inhibition. This enzyme can contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease and drinking Rooibos may mean there’s less of it in your system.
Discourages diabetes and helps control your weight
While Aspalathin is good for your heart it also helps prevent you from developing type 2 Diabetes. Studies show it enhances insulin activity and improves blood glucose levels. It also helps reduce stress hormones that trigger hunger and fat storage.
Green Rooibos, even richer in Aspalathin, was shown to be especially effective at lowering raised blood glucose levels. What’s more, unlike so many other hot and cold drinks Rooibos is sugar free – and being naturally sweet you don’t need to add sugar. Diabetics are two to four times more likely to die from heart diseases or stroke so this reinforces the argument made above that Rooibos has significant cardiovascular benefits.
Reduces inflammation and allergic reactions
The calming effects of Rooibos that we mentioned above not only reduce stress but inflammation. This makes it excellent for treating skin conditions like Eczema, Psoriasis, or Nappy Rash. These properties also help to relieve digestive disorders such as nausea, vomiting, heartburn, cramps, constipation, and even colic in children. These qualities, plus the fact it contains two bioflavonoids with antihistamine properties, make it effective in relieving unpleasant allergy symptoms such as itchy eyes, sneezing, and runny nose.
Anti-aging properties too
All of the above benefits help to keep us in good shape for longer. Studies also suggest it can even delay the formation of wrinkles by protecting the layer of fat directly beneath our skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
Good for bones, teeth, and hair
Rooibos contains calcium, magnesium, and potassium as well as the antioxidants Luteolin and Orientin – all of which help preserve your bone density, support healthy teeth, and promotes hair growth.
No wonder Rooibos is so highly regarded by nutritionists, health professionals, dieticians and experts in health and wellbeing all around the world. You’d better order some now!