Rooibos only grows in a small region of South Africa near Cape Town, it has been used to brew a tea like drink for centuries, crafted by the local people of the Cederberg. During the 1600s Dutch East India Company established a base of operations in South Africa; the settlers began drinking rooibos as it was a cheap alternative to the expensive black tea that was being imported from Europe.
Rooibos is more than a delicious drink it also has several amazing health benefits which have been published in numerous independent studies:
1. Fights Cancerous Cells
Rooibos tea contains the very rare polyphenol compounds aspalathin and nothofagin these polyphenols are the leading source of natural anti-cancer chemicals available. Unstable molecules in the body can cause damage to cells which can become cancerous. The compounds found in rooibos tea bind to free radicals before they can cause any harm. National Center for Biotechnology Information
2. Reduces the Impact of Iron Absorption
The tannins found in black tea reduce the body’s ability to absorb iron effectively however as rooibos tea contains fewer tannins it has a much lower impact on the body’s ability to absorb iron. National Center for Biotechnology Information
3. Lowers Blood Pressure
Another of the antioxidants present in rooibos is chysoeriol; known to improve blood circulation, preventing the enzyme responsible for triggering cardiovascular disease and lowering blood pressure and cholesterol in the body.
4. Protects Against Parkinsons & Alzheimers
Regular drinking of rooibos tea protects against lipid peridoxation, a process where free radicals, damage cells in the brain and your body’s nerve tissue. Prolonged, it can eventually lead to progressive and deteriorating brain diseases, such as Alzheimers. National Center for Biotechnology Information
5. Contains Beneficial Minerals
Rooibos tea is a rich source of several important beneficial minerals. a) Manganese and calcium for strengthening bones and the teeth. b) Zinc for a healthy metabolism c) Iron for vascular health. d) Magnesium important for a healthy nervous system.
6. Relieves stomach complaints
Rooibos tea contains high levels of quercetin, a flavonoid found in nature that helps to reduce body spasms, ease inflammation and prevent the release of histamines causing allergies. National Center for Biotechnology Information
7. Caffeine Free
The rooibos plant is free of caffeine making it a suitable drink for children, pregnant and breast-feeding women or anyone looking to reduce or remove caffeine from their diet. Due to the lack of caffeine and the mineral content, rooibos promotes restful sleep and can be a cure to insomnia.
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