10 Reasons Why You’ll Need Rooibos Tea In Your Life
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A few weeks ago, I was introduced to My Red Rea’s Rooibos Tea on Instagram. As a tea lover and African, I had an “have to have it” moment especially when I noticed it is exclusively grown in South Africa. I went online just to scan through to see if there were any benefits at all. Surprisingly, there were and the benefits were enormous! So I ordered it on Amazon right away!
This tea is not bitter at all. It has a milder taste than the regular green or black tea. I drank it alone without a sweetener and it was just fine. However, I really enjoy it with my fresh mint leaves and manuka honey. Manuka honey has amazing benefits compared to regular raw honey so I use it periodically in my diet. This tea is packed with so many benefits including a number of them for skin health. So sit back, enjoy this read and order your rooibos tea after reading!
My Red Tea
To begin, there are lots of distributors of this tea (which you will notice online if you search for it). I prefer to order from the brand called My Red Tea because I discovered their brand first and they are a company that focuses on fair trade and ethical farming which is very important to me. You can read more about them on their website.
Back to rooibos tea….
This tea has zero calories and contains 50 times more antioxidants than green tea! You read that right, 50 times! Remember what antioxidants are, what they do and why they’re vital to our overall health?I wrote about it in my Before Adding Vitamin C to Your Skincare Regimen post. So this tea is rich in Antioxidants, vitamin C and a host of other micronutrients. Rooibos tea also happens to be caffeine free
So here are some of the amazing benefits of Rooibos tea:
Rooibos tea is one of the few natural sources of Alpha Hydroxy Acid- a common skin care product ingredient (read more in this Finding The Best Ingredients For Your Skin Type post). It also contains Zinc both of which are great for the skin. AHA helps exfoliate and remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, It is also great for reducing signs of premature aging and wrinkles, acne, sunburns, and pimples. Rooibos tea is also very good for overall hair health. It may aid in hair growth and strengthening; preventing dandruff and scalp issues.
Rooibos tea is rich in calcium, potassium, copper, magnesium, manganese, and iron. These micronutrients are good supplements for kidney health. This is particularly important for people who suffer from kidney stones. This tea is free of oxalic acid (which is not very kidney stone friendly) so this is one of the rare teas that folks with kidney stone can enjoy, guilt free!
Rooibos tea is packed with antiviral properties. This makes it great for the immune system and protecting the body from a lot of diseases. It is also said to have anti-mutagenic properties. Anti-mutagenic essential means preventing certain cells in the body from mutating (e.g, cancer cells). So it’s a great fighting property for preventing cancer.
Because of its zero caffeine level, this tea is such a great option for those suffering from insomnia. I actually read that South African moms often give this tea to help their children sleep. So don’t be afraid to add this to your bedtime routine 🙂 Still Going……
Rooibos tea also has quite a high amount of calcium, manganese, and fluoride. These three nutrients are great for bone health and teeth health. Not only does it help boost the enzyme needed to form new bones, it also helps repair bone issues. So if you suffer from conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis and joint pain, this tea may be a good supplement. Also, as someone who steers clear of fluoride toothpaste, it’s good to be getting this fluoride from natural sources and keep my teeth clean and strong without compromising my health. All teas are great for bone health, but rooibos tea packs even more nutrients specific to bone health.
This tea contains Aspalathin. Aspalathin has so many benefits for the body. One of such benefits is its role in treating type II diabetes. Aspalathin can help regulate blood sugar, increases the secretion of insulin and improve the absorption of glucose by the muscles.
Rooibos tea also boasts of its antispasmodic content. This makes it good for digestive health. It can reduce abdominal and stomach cramps, as well as reduce diarrhea. .
Rooibos tea also has anti-inflammatory and bronchodilatory properties. The anti-inflammatory properties reduce conditions caused by inflammations such as allergic reactions like hay fever and eczema. Bronchodilating means it dilates the bronchi which make it a good supplement for people suffering from respiratory illness such asthma.
Another super great property of this tea is its quercetin content. This is particularly great for treating blood circulation problems, heart diseases, and high cholesterol. This quercetin content has shown to be great for controlling high blood pressure.
Finally, Rooibos tea contains polyphenols which are multi-purposeful. One main benefit of polyphenols is its weight loss property. Not only does it boost fat loss, it also helps increase the secretion of Leptin which is a hormone that tells your body that it is full and need to stop eating or control hunger.
Now, of course, as with everything with benefits, there may be some cons. Rooibos tea is obviously a powerhouse. The strengths of rooibos tea make it very susceptible to interfering with treatments for conditions such as chemotherapy and other cancer treatments especially “hormone-sensitive” cancer like breast cancer.
Rooibos tea is not a cure for any illness or disease, it should be more of a preventative supplement and not a solution to existing medical condition. If you have health concerns, do speak to your doctor first before introducing this to your diet/daily routine.