Did you know Rooibos (pronounced as ROY-bos) is an herbal tea that can help regulate blood sugar and is known to help lower blood pressure?
WHAT IS ROOIBOS TEA?
Rooibos is an indigenous plant (Aspalathus Linearis, the botanical name) is often called “red tea” or “red bush tea” because of the bright red color the leaves become during fermentation (oxidation) to enhance their flavor and aroma. Rooibos thrives almost exclusively in the Cedarberg region of South Africa.
The Rooibos leaves are used to brew a sweet and mild-tasting medicinal tea. Rooibos is considered healthier than Black or Green Tea, and it’s because of these associated health properties that it is gaining worldwide popularity.
Rooibos tea is naturally caffeine free and has very little tannin when compared to Camellia sinensis (Black) tea. Tannins are phytochemicals present in tea that inhibits the body’s ability to absorb important minerals like Iron.
Rooibos tea is rich in minerals and has an abundance and complex mix of flavonoids (compounds widely found in plants that are known to have health benefits) including; Aspalathin, Nothofagin, Quercetin, Rutin, Isoquercitrin, Orientin, Isoorientin, Luteolin, Vitexin, Isovitexin, Chrysoeriol, and also polyphenol antioxidants (Antioxidants are the organic substances that protect healthy cells from free radical damage and helps in fighting and preventing disease).
Rooibos is unique to other herbal teas in that it has the compound aspalathin which has been shown to be more effective at neutralizing free radicals than EGCG. Currently, rooibos is the only known natural source of aspalathin.
The unfermented or unoxidized rooibos leaves keep their green color. This green rooibos variety has a greater concentration of antioxidants because they undergo less processing, and so, are considered more health promoting. However, this is similar to the example we find when comparing Green Tea vs. Black Tea where each tea has its own health properties but each benefits the body in different ways.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF ROOIBOS TEA ARE:
Studies have shown that Rooibos tea is rich in antioxidants and can increase the productivity of carcinogenic detoxifying enzymes, as well as be protecting cell proteins, cell fats, and DNA. Antioxidants help reduce free radical damage occurring in the skin, hair, bones, and other organ systems.
Rooibos tea also has anti-aging effects to improve mental clarity and cognitive ability, because it reduces the impact of oxidative by-products in neural pathways, enhancing mental clarity and focus.