Rooibos tea is becoming very popular not only for its exquisite taste but also for its health benefits. Although we call it “tea”, it is an infusion obtained from the plant called Aspalathus Linearis, very common in South Africa and which has been part of its culture for centuries. From the rooibos plant, we obtain the leaves that are left to oxidize to obtain the infusion. When they are picked and processed fresh, the green rooibos tea is obtained, which actually has a yellowish color. Neither contains caffeine or theine. Have you ever heard of the benefits of rooibos tea? Here we tell you.
What is This Tea and What is It Taste Like?
It is a drink that is extracted from the leaves of a plant that grows on the west coast of South Africa called Aspalathus linearis. It is a very popular drink due to its great supply of antioxidants. It also provides calcium, zinc, magnesium, and manganese. The traditional Rooibos tea is made by fermenting its leaves, which is why it has a reddish-brown color. There is another type of green rooibos that has not been fermented. The flavor of this tea is characterized by being smooth and gentle with a natural sweetness and slightly nutty taste. Its aroma is also very pleasant and it can be drunk with or without sugar, hot or cold.
- Improves Heart Health: Quercetin, a powerful antioxidant found in this tea, has been linked to the prevention of a wide variety of heart conditions. It is anti-inflammatory, which means that it lowers blood pressure and scavenges free radicals like other antioxidants. It promotes an increase in HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and inhibits LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) from binding to the walls of the arteries and blood vessels. This means added protection against various heart conditions, including atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.
- Lowers Blood Pressure: This tea is known to relieve stress, nervous tension, and hypertensive conditions. Hypertension is more commonly known as high blood pressure and rooibos tea acts as a bronchodilator. Not only does it relieve respiratory conditions, but it also lowers blood pressure, which can lead to dangerous cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks and arteriosclerosis.
- Prevents diabetes and cancer: The direct effect on diabetes is closely related to the antioxidant capacity of rooibos. When investigated for its anti-diabetes and cancer effects, rooibos tea showed “significant therapeutic potential for preventing the onset of the two diseases or their progression,” according to research published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine.
- Improves digestion: Drinking this tea is a good way to maintain digestive health, especially if you suffer from frequent abdominal pain or diarrhea. Several compounds found in tea work as antispasmodic nutrients, preventing abdominal pain, and reducing the occurrence of diarrhea and colic.
- Helps to lose weight: This tea is one of the drinks that help burn fat, due to the presence of polyphenols (especially those of the flavonoid type) contained in the leaves of this plant. Adopting a balanced diet is a very effective option to lose weight. The slimming mechanism of rooibos has been studied and it seems that it does so because it stimulates the secretion of leptin in fat cells, which gives us a feeling of satiety.
We hope we have helped you learn about the interesting health benefits of the jewel of South African infusions. Did you drink rooibos to escape the caffeine in your tea or coffee? Now you have a few more reasons to swap your regular infusions for rooibos more than once in a while.