The 300-year-old Rooibos (pronounced “Roy-boss”) plant originally comes from the fermented leaves of South Africa, known as the Aspalathus linearis shrub.
It’s a plant when harvested and dried can be brewed into a reddish-brown herbal infusion dubbed “African red tea” or “red bush tea” by the tea industry.
People love to have it as a substitute for green or black tea. Unfermented green rooibos tea is also available in the market. Rooibos tea is gaining popularity because of its sweet, delicate, earthy flavor along with all the various types of health benefits associated with it.
You will be amazed after learning about these awesome rooibos tea benefits.
- Antioxidants In Abundant
Studies have proved that rooibos tea has a high level of antioxidants, particularly chemical compounds including Quercetin, Aspalathin, Alpha-hydroxy Acid, and Zinc in which are all beneficial to the skin.
Rooibos tea have the ability to partially rejuvenate aged cell and reduce many other premature aging symptoms.
It helps in the degeneration of the fat cells that cause aging and slow down the formation of wrinkles, therefore triggering a delay in aging.
- Lower the Risk of Cancer
Test tube experiments have proved that Quercetin and Luteolin antioxidants are present on rooibos teas that prevent cancer and tumor growth in the body.
The Quercetin and luteolin found in Rooibos tea has been shown to prevent the proliferation of a wide range of cancers including breast, prostate, cervical, lung, and colon.
- Improve heart health
Rooibos tea is rich in Antioxidants, which is linked directly with heart health. Cholesterol levels maintain in the body with the help of antioxidants. It controls the blood pressure by inhibiting the level of ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme), which boosts up the blood pressure.
- Control of diabetes
Rooibos contains Aspalathin antioxidant, which is helpful to keep the level of sugar under control and have anti-diabetic effects.
- Control weight
Rooibos is free from calories, so it is ideal for those who are trying to lose and maintain their weight. It helps in increasing the level of leptin in the body. It is the hormone that stimulates the body and ultimately helps in the regulation of food intake.
- Free from caffeine
Rooibos contains no caffeine which is good for pregnant women. Caffeine is not suitable for everyone because it affects their sleep, increase anxiety, and cause other physical problems. So rooibos is a good alternative for people who avoid the intake of caffeine.
Some other Rooibos tea benefits include:
- Prevent allergic reactions
- Good for the digestive system.
- Healthy for mental health.
- It improves the bones and joints.
- Good for the hair
Rooibos red bush tea a great, caffeine-free alternative to coffee or black or green teas, and it’s also extremely high in antioxidants. Because antioxidants are known to help protect cells from free radicals and decrease risks for certain illnesses, there is a great possibility that drinking red bush tea can be good for your health.
And compared to other tea varieties, rooibos is lower in tannins, the natural compounds that can interfere with nutrient absorption and free of oxalic acid, a substance associated with higher risks of kidney stones. On top of that, it’s flavorful and enjoyable to drink.
How To Make Rooibos Tea:
Well there’s many ways to make a cup rooibos tea but keeping it simple, lets do this the traditional way.
Things you will need
- Water (filtered or spring)
- 2 Tea Cups
- Tea kettle (to boil the water)
- Dried Rooibos tea leaves
- Sweetener, milk, sugar or honey(optional)
- Pour water in the kettle and allow to boil, just until the water starts rolling.
- Remove the tea kettle from the stove and pour the hot water into 1 of the teacup.
- Add 1 teaspoon and a half of dried rooibos tea leaves to the cup
- Allow the leaves to steep for 4-5
- Stir well then filter the tea into the second teacup
Your Rooibos tea is now ready to drink.
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