We recently discovered Rooibos, a dramatic Red Tea made from a South African mountain herb that’s now become our all-time favorite tea. Often referred to as “African Red Bush Tea” its unique in texture and taste and is naturally delicious served either hot or cold. As we are celebrating “hot tea month”, we are sipping our Rooibos tea hot! But we love it not just for its aromatic appeal. Rooibos is packed with health-giving antioxidants including chrysoeriol that has been shown to reduce blood pressure, improve circulation and lower bad cholesterol levels. Aspalathin and nothofagin, also found in Rooibos can help prevent the hardening of arteries and buildup of plaque that is damaging to cardiovascular health thus reducing the risk of stroke or heart attack.
Other properties include essential minerals: calcium, manganese, fluoride, copper and zinc, that act to maintain bone structure and strength. Like many other teas, Rooibos can increase osteoblasts – cell activity that creates bone mass and consequently helps fight bone conditions like osteoporosis.
The anti-diabetic antioxidant aspalathin in Rooibos tea is a compound that helps control blood-sugar levels and improves insulin resistance which can help prevent and control type 2 diabetes.
And there’s more. Many of us suffer from digestive problems due to the intake of processed foods in our modern diets, together with chemicals and toxic ingredients that weaken the digestive system. With a concentrated diet of Rooibos tea, many symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, and constipation can be eased. Its nutrients and antioxidants target toxins to destroy them and act as antispasmodics to treat cramps, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
Antioxidants like those found in Rooibos tea are our bodies’ best defense against free radicals. We can’t avoid free radicals, daily living, environmental pollution, oxidative stress, harmful light, unhealthy foods, you name it, they can all trigger the production of free radicals.
So, if we can do our body good by enjoying a wonderful cup of Rooibos tea, well drink up we say!