Rooibos or red bush tea is a small shrub which only grows in the Cedarberg region near Cape Town, South Africa.
This plant grows naturally without caffeine which means it does not have to undergo a chemical process to remove the caffeine. It also means that anyone can drink it, even children and pregnant women. Another benefit to no caffeine is that it can be consumed in large amounts with no caffeine effect.
CONTAINS POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANTS
Two polyphenol antioxidants called aspalathin and nothofagin are found in high concentrations in rooibos tea. These antioxidants protect the body by fighting free radicals. Free radicals are unstable cells which attack healthy cells in order to stabalize themselves. The polyphenols also have anti-inflammatory properties and can safeguard against heart disease.
PREVENTS SOME CANCERS
Numerous studies have demonstrated a link between consumption of rooibos tea and a reduction of cancer-causing chemicals. This is due to the high level of dominant antioxidants, some of which have anti-mutagenic (anti-cancer) properties. This means they defend cells and DNA against damage and inhibit them from developing into cancer.
HIGH MINERAL CONTENT
Rooibos tea contains several minerals that are vital to your health. These include Magnesium (essential for the nervous system), calcium and manganese (essential for strong bones and teeth), zinc (important for metabolism) and iron (important for helping blood and muscles distribute oxygen).
A potent antioxidant in rooibos tea is Chysoeriol. This can improve circulation by preventing the activity of an enzyme that triggers cardiovascular disease. Drinking red tea has also been shown to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.