Types of Herbal Tea

Rooibos Tea Benefits

Rooibos tea, like green and black tea, has been found to be rich in anti-oxidants and flavonoids. In fact, Rooibos tea has been found to have as much as 50 times more SOD than Green Tea. It also has other anti-oxidants not found in other teas.

The effect of free radicals (a by-product of normal cell function) in the process of aging and declining of the immune system is limited by the anti-oxidants in Rooibos tea.

Rooibos tea is completely pure and natural, as it contains no additives, preservatives or colorants. It is a soothing drink for people on a calorie-restricted diet, without adding kilojoules.

Rooibos tea is also strongly recommended for people suffering from irritability, headaches, disturbed sleeping patterns, insomnia, nervous tension, mild depression or hypertension. Rooibos tea contains no caffeine and therefore has a soothing effect on the central nervous system. Rooibos tea is also low in tannin and therefore does not have a negative effect on the absorption of iron and proteins into the body.

Rooibos tea has anti-spasmodic properties, thus relieving stomach cramps and colic in infants. Rooibos tea also relieves stomach and indigestive problems like nausea, vomiting, heartburn, stomach ulcers and constipation.

Furthermore, rooibos tea also supplements the daily amounts of calcium, manganese and especially fluoride, needed for the development of strong teeth and bones. It contains zinc and alpha-hydroxy acid, which promotes healthy skin and magnesium which is necessary for a healthy nervous system.

Rooibos tea has a soothing effect on the skin, relieving itching and certain skin irritations like eczema, nappy rash and acne when directly applied to the affected area.

Rooibos tea is an all day drink which can be used as a pick-me-up in the morning, a superb thirst-quencher during the day and at night it helps you to relax and sleep well.

Some interesting facts on Rooibos, did you know that:

Rooibos tea contains an abundance of the antioxidant enzyme called Superoxide Dismutase or SOD. It is said that rooibos tea contains much more of this substance than green tea. It is believed to be potent in preventing oxidative damage to cells, hence a potentially powerful ally in the fight against cancer.

Rooibos Tea is one of the major teas grouped under the term “Red Tea”. In fact, its name comes is the Afrikaan word for “red bush”. Another popular type of red tea is Honeybush Tea and like rooibos, comes from South Africa where it has been drunk by its inhabitants. It also packed with many of the antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that rooibos tea has.

Rooibos Tea is replete with flavonoid antioxidants that has shown to help inhibit an enzyme that seems to initiate diabetes complications. It is also believed to have some effect in controlling blood sugar levels. Find here a list of teas that may be used against diabetes.

Rooibos tea is said to be quite rich in the mineral zinc. Zinc plays an important role in regulating the body’s immune system. As such, zinc is necessary to help the body ward off viruses that bring in diseases and ailments.

Rooibos tea is naturally sweet to the taste. Many thus find it pleasant to drink in its natural state. However, should you find it necessary to add a little bit of sweetener, use honey or stevia instead. Stevia leaves have substantial sucrose content and has been used as a natural sweetener for centuries. Stevia can also be made into a tea and have several health benefits of its own.

Rooibos tea is rich in thiamine. It is a water-soluble vitamin that the body uses to utilize carbohydrates as an energy source. As such, many say that rooibos tea is a natural ‘sports drink’ as it may have the ability to provide tremendous amounts of energy to active people.