Rooibos Tea: Health benefits of the red bush tea

Rooibos tea, also known as red bush tea, comes from a shrub native to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, and has become a tea of choice among those seeking its health benefits.

Known to have 50% more antioxidants than those found in green tea, rooibos tea is a wonderful daily addition to one’s diet for boosting immunity and supporting overall good health.

Antioxidants are important because they can get rid of the toxins found in the body that comes from the different food people eat and the environment they are exposed to every single day. Drinking rooibos tea helps to eliminate toxins.

This light, caffeine-free tea is earthy, just like its red colour, and is aromatic in flavour.

Rooibos tea is packed full of nutrients including iron, zinc, copper and manganese. Minerals such as iron may be hard to acquire from food but rooibos tea contains high mineral content, making it an easy way for people who are iron-deficient, for example, to ingest this mineral. In addition, rooibos tea also helps the body absorb iron.

Rooibos tea is also rich in calcium and fluoride minerals that assist in maintaining good bone structure and stronger teeth.

Rooibos tea is known to relieve stress, nervous tension, and hypertension. Quercetin, another powerful antioxidant found in rooibos tea, has been linked to preventing a wide variety of heart conditions. It is anti-inflammatory, which reduces blood pressure, and it also scavenges free radicals like other antioxidants.

The quercetin found in rooibos tea 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.

Some of the components that can be found in Rooibos tea include alpha hydroxy acid and zinc. These two components are nutrients that are considered to be good for the skin.

Rooibos tea also contains a component known as asplathin which can effectively balance out the blood sugar of the body and can also improve insulin resistance. Hence why rooibos tea is often recommended to those with Type II Diabetes.

The red bush tea is also commonly used to aid digestion. Rooibos tea encourages healthy digestion and supports the digestive system in so many ways. This tea relieves diarrhea, eases nausea, and stops vomiting.

Rooibos tea is available to buy from health food stores and all good supermarkets

Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable lifestyle and living, wellbeing, and entertainments. Rosalind also works as a psychic, counsellor, intuitive reader and spiritual life coach helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com

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