Years ago while I was learning about teas and herbals, I decided to look for a tea I could drink on a daily basis. I am sensitive to caffeine so regular tea wasn't going to work even though I love it. I tried lots and lots of herbals as well and couldn't find one that gave me the feeling of black/green teas. I needed to find something that would take the place of regular tea without any caffeine at all in it and that's where rooibos (roy-boss) came in.
A South African native plant, rooibos has been consumed there for generations by the native people and is served everywhere as the tea of choice. First noticed by Europeans in the late 1700's, it slowly came to other countries as it was considered a black tea alternative as far as taste. I find rooibos to have a slightly sweet,sometimes fruity, earthy, full bodied flavor. It's red in color and gives me the sense of drinking a cup of black tea without any of tea's bitter notes.
|Rooibos Bush (Photo Source)|
So what are the health benefits of rooibos?
First of all, I like to look at rooibos as a nice tonic type of herb. In other words, it's okay to use long term and safe for kids. This is important as I was looking for something mild enough to drink on a daily basis. So, most of its benefits are long term and for helpful for your overall health.
In South Africa it's traditional uses are for colic, allergies, asthma and dermatological conditions.
Rooibos Tea and Antioxidants
It also contains anti-oxidants. Some articles claim that it contains more than green tea, and others the same. So based off of that information, I would say it's safe to say it's a good alternative to green tea. Its two comparatively rare antioxidants, aspalathin and nothofagin, each have different benefits. Aspalathin helps to modify hormones in the body, which in turn help to reduce stress and metabolic disorders. Nothofagin demonstrates significant anti-inflammatory activity. Both antioxidants may help to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's and are both good for the nerves.
Helpful against Cardiovascular Problems?
Rooibos also contains the super-antioxidant compound quercetin, noted for promoting heart health. Quercetin acts as an anti-inflammatory which helps against heart disease and cancer.
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