Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea
Excellent source of antioxidants
Rooibos tea is known to be an excellent source of antioxidants and has comparable amounts of polyphenols to those found in green tea. The 'Red Bush' Tea as it's also known contains a unique antioxidant called aspalathin which in recent animal studies has been suggested to have a beneficial effect in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
First human trials suggest real health benefits
A trial looking at the benefits of Rooibos tea in humans was recently reported by the American Botanical Council. The trial (entitled "Modulation of blood oxidative stress markers and DNA damage by rooibos tea in volunteers at risk for coronary heart disease") showed in preliminary results that Rooibos tea protected the body against oxidative damage. This kind of damage plays a significant role in cardiovascular disease. The trial was conducted by Jeanine L. Marnewick (PhD), senior researcher at the Oxidative Stress Research Centre at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa.
Drinking Rooibos tea shows positive results relevant to cardiovascular disease
"With cardiovascular disease being the biggest killer of people in North America and elsewhere in the world, this study's preliminary positive results may help increase the relevance of rooibos as a beneficial beverage for consumers and healthcare providers seeking safe, low-cost ways to reduce cardiovascular disease risk," Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council
Anecdotal evidence taken from years of drinking Rooibos tea
In addition to the cardiovascular benefits, anecdotal evidence also suggests that Rooibos tea
- acts as a digestive aid and anti-spasmodic
- helps manage allergies
- soothes skin irritations when applied directly to the affected area
- boosts the immune system
- helps relieve anxiety and stress, aiding sleep.
- Low tannin levels make rooibos tea ideal during and after pregnancy
- With low tannin content of only 1%-4% Rooibos tea does not inhibit the absorption of iron in the way that some teas, like black tea, do and is therefore ideal during pregnancy.
Rooibos free from caffeine, colourant, additives and preservatives
Combine that with the facts that Rooibos does not contain any caffeine, colourants, additives or preservatives and is virtually calorie free it makes for an extremely healthy tea either on its own or when combined with other ingredients.