RICH IN ANTIOXIDANTS
Rooibos tea is extraordinarily rich in a diverse array of antioxidants, including two polyphenols called aspalathin (which is unique to rooibos) and nothafagin (which is only found in rooibos and the New Zealand red beech). These substances protect our bodies from the cell-damaging effects of free radicals, thereby guarding us from a host of serious degenerative diseases such as macular degeneration, Parkinson’s disease and various types of cancer. In fact, the Cancer Association of South Africa, after eight years of research, has officially recognized rooibos tea as a leading source of natural anti-cancer chemicals.
Rooibos tea contains numerous vital minerals such as magnesium (essential for the nervous system), calcium and manganese (good for the bones and teeth), zinc (needed for a healthy metabolism) and iron (needed to help blood and muscles distribute oxygen to the body’s cells). Rooibos tea’s nutritional composition is fashioned by nature to optimize absorption of all available nutrients. Rooibos tea is also said to contain rare nutrients like Quercetin and Bioflavinoids that assist in good blood circulation and obstruct hemorrhaging.
Rooibos tea is free from caffeine and low in tannins, lending it a pleasant, soothing effect on the central nervous system. It is also suitable for pregnant women and children and can be drunk in virtually unlimited amounts. Because it is caffeine free is can be consumed just before bedtime and can help you sleep better.
IMPROVES BLOOD CIRCULATION
Rooibos tea contains a flavonoid called chrysoeriol that aids blood circulation by inhibiting enzymes that contribute to cardiovascular disease. Rooibos tea is known to relieve stress, nervous tension and hypertensive conditions. Hypertension is more commonly known as high blood pressure, and rooibos tea is known as a bronchodilator, which not only relieves respiratory conditions, but generally reduces blood pressure, which can lead to dangerous cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and atherosclerosis.
Red rooibos tea is rich in calcium, manganese and fluoride minerals that assist in maintaining good bone structure and stronger teeth. By increasing the bio-availability of minerals in your system, you can reduce your chances of developing conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, and chronic joint pain. Manganese actually works on an even deeper level and stimulates the enzymes which are required to build new bones and repair damage.
Rooibos tea can be useful for small children who suffer from colic or stomach pains. You may add some sweetened milk to the tea to improve the flavor and make it more palatable to children. Many South African women claimed that this plant was very soothing for their colicky infant.
GOOD FOR SKIN
The alpha hydroxy acid and zinc content of red tea are good for the skin. You can try applying some red tea powder directly to the skin to relieve acne, pimples, sunburns or related skin conditions.