Teas have always been apart of my daily regimine. When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I drank a TON of green tea. Now, I have branched out, because there are so many teas that are beneficial for your health.
Today, I’m excited to introduce you to the naturally caffeine-free, Rooibos herbal tea – pronounced Roy-boss – and it’s many health benefits.
The Rooibos plant is a member of the legume family and generates a rooibos herbal infusion made from the oxidized leaves of the plant which gives it a pungent, yet comforting taste.
Rooibos contains many minerals such as copper, iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc and potassium, making it very beneficial for healthy bones and strong teeth.
Rooibos has been claimed to help with fighting brain aging, nervous tension, allergies, digestive problems, infantile colic, asthma, and dermatological issues.
And there is more…
Antioxidants. Studies have shown that the antioxidant activity of rooibos is not far below that of green tea. Rooibos’ antioxidants, aspalathin and nothofagin, are very effective in scavenging free radicals in the body.
Cardiovascular Benefits. Rooibos supports heart health through inhibition of ACE activity and apoptosis, the death of cells. Rooibos also improves the lipid profile as well as the redox status.
Diabetes Benefits. Aspalathin, a main compound in rooibos, suppresses the increase in fasting blood glucose levels. Drinking rooibos tea alongside a meal improves glucose tolerance and keeps glucose levels controlled.
Find Green (malty and grassy taste) or Red (sweeter, smoother and milder taste) Rooibos at your local natural foods market or on the Thrive Market shelf.