One of my latest health fascinations has been learning more about the amazing health benefits of various teas. This one I had to share with you because of its massive health rewards. I like it as an iced tea, but of course, it works great as a hot beverage too. I mix it with a little bit of licorice tea, to not only add a natural sweetness, but licorice also offers wonderful health bene’s for your body, such as supporting your tired adrenals and lowering blood pressure.
Red Rooibos Tea is rich in many minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc, magnesium, and alpha hydroxy acid (yeah, the stuff that heals wrinkles).
I particularly like it because it helps your body process sugars from your liver, which helps balance your overall blood sugar. It also helps to keep cholesterol from sticking to your arteries. It’s rich in antioxidants, such as aspalathin and nothofagin, making it a great drink to boost your immune system and protect your body against all types of diseases, including diabetes. The list goes on!…
See below for more info and a recipe on this amazing tea…
Improves Heart Health
Rooibos tea is anti-inflammatory in nature, which means that it assists in reducing blood pressure and scavenges free radicals similarly to other antioxidants. A study conducted by Swedish researchers suggests that red rooibos tea is a natural angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, which helps regulate blood pressure and boost heart health.
Quercetin, another powerful antioxidant found in rooibos tea, has been linked to preventing a wide variety of heart conditions. It promotes an increase in HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and inhibits the LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) from binding to the walls of arteries and blood vessels.
Aspalathin, one of the antioxidants found in rooibos tea, has several unique qualities. A study by Son MJ et al. on obese mice suggests that aspalathin has anti-diabetic properties. The 2013 study published in the European Journal of Nutrition found that aspalathin in rooibos tea can help balance blood sugar, improve insulin resistance and glucose absorption by muscles, and boosts insulin secretion from the pancreas. This results in an ideal defensive shield against developing type 2 diabetes. By balancing blood sugar, rooibos tea can also protect diabetics by preventing blood sugar spikes and drops that are detrimental to overall health. However, given the fact that this was an animal study, more research is needed to corroborate the results.
Improves Bone Health
Red rooibos tea is rich in fluoride minerals, calcium, and manganese, all which assist in maintaining good bone structure and stronger teeth. By increasing the bioavailability of minerals in your system, you can reduce your chances of developing conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, and chronic joint pain. A study conducted by researchers from the University of Miami, Florida, United States, suggests that red rooibos tea has enough fluoride to contain dental decay and cavities. Fluoride is more commonly related to dental health, which is why fluoride compounds are often found in most of the mouthwashes and toothpaste. Whether it is the teeth or the bone structure, red rooibos tea gives you an advantage over everything! Furthermore, manganese actually works on a deeper level, stimulating the enzymes which are required to build new bones and repair damages. While this preliminary research is positive, more scientific evidence is required to support these benefits of red rooibos.
In many parts of South Africa, rooibos herbal tea is used as an effective curative to treat allergies like eczema, hay fever, and allergy-related bronchitis. It has anti-inflammatory qualities, thanks to its quercetin content and is thus also prescribed for asthma and topical allergic reactions of various types throughout the body. However, clinical trials and research are needed to further support this benefit.
The alpha- hydroxy acid and zinc in this rooibos tea powder are very good for the skin. Two leading scientists from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa conducted a study on rooibos tea intake effects and found that rooibos has the ability to partially restore the function of aged cells. The alpha hydroxy acid and zinc in this rooibos tea powder are very good for the skin. Alpha-hydroxy acids can reduce the signs of wrinkles and other premature aging symptoms, but they are rarely found in natural products.
South Africans use rooibos as a treatment for colic or stomach pain. The exact mechanism by which it soothes colic and stomach pain is unknown, but the anti-inflammatory properties of the herb are most likely responsible.
This tea is a rich source of antispasmodic agents, which can ease severe stomach cramps and abdominal pains. This is mainly due to the activation of K+ (potassium) ions in the body without antagonizing the activities of calcium, according to a report published in Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology. This can reduce the presence of hyperactivity in the gastrointestinal tract, thus preventing diarrhea and other intestinal issues.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Yes, rooibos tea is known to relieve stress, nervous tension, and hypertensive conditions. Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, is practically impacted by rooibos tea, which acts as a bronchodilator (increasing airflow to the lungs).
A research study done with 17 volunteers showed that drinking a single cup of rooibos tea (as well as green tea) helped inhibit the angiotensin-converting enzyme.
This enzyme causes our blood pressure to increase by contracting blood vessels. This study shows that drinking this tea may assist in lowering blood pressure, mitigating dangerous cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and atherosclerosis.
Rooibos tea is completely caffeine-free and is therefore recommended for patients suffering from insomnia. A cup of rooibos beverage just before going to bed can help you sleep better, according to research in Economic Botany.
By removing caffeine from your diet, you may also lower your stress levels, improve mood, and enhance your heart health. Organic, caffeine-free rooibos gives you the energy and health benefits without this dangerously addictive substance.
Prevents Kidney Stones
People with kidney stone problems can drink red rooibos tea as there is no oxalic acid in the beverage. Many times, people with kidney stones are discouraged from drinking too much tea because of this exacerbating ingredient.
Oxalic acid is a crystal-forming substance, so it can make the presence of calcium stones or other painful growth in the kidneys even worse by making them larger. So, people with kidney stones can keep rooibos tea bags handy whenever they want to have a healthy beverage!
The antioxidants present in rooibos tea slow down the aging process and boost the strength of the immune system. Researchers at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa found that the local herb helps slow down the degeneration of fat cells, thus inhibiting the formation of wrinkles. Antioxidants in the tea seek out free radicals that damage the skin, hair, bones, and other organ systems.
Antioxidant-rich rooibos tea is one of the most potent beverages which helps keeps the body young. It also keeps your cognitive ability up to snuff, because it reduces the impact of oxidative byproducts in neural pathways, thus stimulating concentration and focus.
Despite all these health benefits of rooibos tea, there can be a downside for some people. Since rooibos is so powerful, it can interfere with treatments for various conditions, including chemotherapy for cancer patients. Also, rooibos has shown estrogenic activities in certain studies, so it might not be a good idea to use if you have hormone-sensitive cancer like breast cancer. Few cases of liver toxicity caused by intake red rooibos tea have been reported. It is advised to consult with an oncologist if this is your situation.A
Rooibos Iced Tea
- 2 bags of Organic Rooibos Tea, or loose leaf equivalent
- 1 tsp. Licorice Tea (supports adrenals and helps lower blood pressure)
- 4 C. Water, hot
- Steep teas in boiling water for 30 mins or more.
- Strain and keep in refrigerator.
- Enjoy plain or with sliced lemon!
- Sweeten with stevia if you prefer it sweeter.