Most of us love a good cup of green, white or black tea. Rooibos tea is perhaps not as well known but is just as delicious and also offers some surprising health benefits.
Rooibos, Afrikaans for “red bush”, is a broom-like member of the legume family of plants growing in South Africa.
Its leaves have been used by South Africans for centuries to make Rooibos tea, or “red tea” as some may call it.
Let’s have a look at some of these Rooibos tea health benefits.
5 Surprising Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea
Here are 5 health benefits of drinking delicious Rooibos tea.
1. Loaded with powerful antioxidants
Antioxidants help prevent and repair the damage caused by free radicals, molecules with incomplete electrons that are in constant search of other electrons to steal from healthy cells. Our bodies need antioxidants to fight off disease and stay healthy.
Rooibos tea, and also green tea, will help providing these antioxidants to the body.
2. High mineral content
Rooibos tea contains several minerals that are vital to our health. Examples of these minerals are magnesium (benefits our nervous system), calcium (good for bones), zinc (metabolism) and iron (good for muscles).
3. Cardiovascular benefits
Rooibos tea contains Chysoeriol, a compound that helps circulation in the body and inhibits enzymes that can contribute to cardiovascular disease.
Drinking rooibos tea has also been known to lower blood pressure.
4. Relieves stomach pains
Rooibos tea contains quercetin which has the ability to calm the stomach. Quercetin is an anti-inflammatory and is known to help relieve abdominal ailments such as cramps, diahorrea and indigestion.
5. Improves sleep
Due to its high mineral content and because Rooibos tea has no caffeine, it is known to make us feel calm and relaxed.