September 29th is World Heart Day, an annual event that encourages us all to make the lifestyle changes that will protect and boost the well-being of our body’s most vital organ. This cause is close to our heart (sorry, we couldn’t resist the pun!) – because Rooibos tea is probably the most beneficial beverage on the planet when it comes to keeping your ticker in good shape.
Pour yourself a cup of our refreshing brew, then take a few minutes to discover why regularly drinking Rooibos Rocks is exactly the kind of lifestyle change that’ll help keep cardiovascular problems at bay.
1 No caffeine, no problem
Caffeine isn’t for everybody. It can interfere with your sleep, help to dehydrate you, raise anxiety levels, cause blood pressure spikes, and even bring on heart palpitations. Who needs that when there’s enough stress to go around already?
Rooibos tea, however, is naturally caffeine-free. You can drink as many cups as you like, hot or iced, and stay calm, relaxed, and ready for whatever challenges the day sends your way.
2 Avoids dehydration
One thing most of us can get our heads around is the fact that drinking water is good for us. It promotes the healthy functioning of our body, including that of our hearts. But, for whatever reason, many of us neglect to consume sufficient quantities to keep our hydration levels up. Caffeine is a diuretic, so it encourages us to go to the bathroom. Caffeinated tea and coffee are therefore not the best ideas. Rooibos tea, however, is caffeine-free, so it doesn’t have this effect – it’s as hydrating as a glass of water. Struggling to drink all those recommended glasses of water? Treat yourself to Rooibos Rocks!
3 Keep calm and carry on
Life is so full-on these days that high levels of stress are something we’ve just grown accustomed to. But it’s definitely not doing us any good – raised heart rate and blood pressure are two things you really want to avoid. There’s no shortage of mindfulness apps, relaxation classes, therapies, and miracle “stress-busting” products out there.
But every Rooibos tea drinker will tell you that the fresh taste of this refreshing tea almost immediately sends a feeling of calm through the body. A couple of recent research papers, one published in Molecular Nutrition & Food and the other conducted at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, help explain how this works. The findings show that Rooibos can significantly reduce the levels of cortisol in our system – and cortisol is a stress hormone.
4 Direct heart health benefits
Rooibos tea could also potentially head off serious heart issues. Some small studies have shown that Rooibos tea could help with ACE (Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme) inhibition. This enzyme has been shown to play a role in cardiovascular disease – you don’t want too much of it in your system. Research suggests that drinking Rooibos tea can possibly help with ACE inhibition 30 minutes after you’ve consumed it and that there’s also a possible positive effect on blood pressure. These initial studies, however, are small and more research is needed to confirm these effects.
5 Weight-management and Type-2 Diabetes
We’re constantly being reminded that sugar is bad for us and that most food and drink products are loaded with the stuff. It’s bad because it makes us gain weight and carrying extra pounds puts pressure on the heart. Excessive consumption of sugar also helps us develop Type-2 diabetes. Thank goodness, then, for Rooibos – it has a naturally sweet taste so you don’t feel the need to add sugar. It’s no exaggeration to say that drinking Rooibos Rocks should probably keep you in good shape for longer.
Time for a cuppa!
For all these reasons Rooibos is good for your heart. So, it’s only natural that we wholeheartedly support World Heart Day. Brew up a cuppa and take five to Feel the Goodness and treat yourself to A Moment of Calm in a World of Crazy!