Rooibos tea benefits

25 September, 2017

Rooibos tea benefits

All over the world rooibos is enjoyed for its delicious, gentle taste. But more and more people are also starting to discover that it is a unique tea with a broad range of benefits. A growing body of research suggests rooibos may have a number of notable health properties; here is what we know so far...

What are the benefits of drinking rooibos tea?

Probably the most well-known rooibos tea (redbush tea) benefit is that it is caffeine free, making it a great choice for all ages throughout the day, even at bedtime. This is because rooibos is made from a different plant than standard teas: black and green teas are made from the camellia sinensis bush, which contains caffeine, while rooibos is made from the leaves of the aspalathus linearis shrub, which is naturally caffeine free. As a result, rooibos does not need to go through any chemical decaffeination processes.

While caffeine is a natural stimulant which consumed in moderation can have some benefits, when consumed in excess it can also lead to a number of adverse effects, including palpitations, high blood pressure and tremors. Children and pregnant women are commonly advised to avoid drinking caffeinated drinks, making rooibos a delicious and natural alternative for the whole the family.

benefits of drinking rooibos tea

Rooibos is also known for being rich in flavonoid antioxidants, most notably aspalathin, which is not often found in other plants. Current research shows how many features of our everyday lives -- such as stress, diet, pollution and too much sun -- can be harmful, giving rise to so-called “free radicals”. It is thought that the regular consumption of antioxidant-rich substances can help prevent against the destructive effects of free radicals, which have been linked to diseases such as heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Unlike other types of tea, such as black and green teas, rooibos is also low in tannin. Tannins (bitter-tasting chemical structures produced by plants) can interfere with iron absorption. Iron is an important part of a healthy diet as it is key to making red blood cells which carry oxygen around the body, therefore rooibos, being low in tannins, can help to support this.

Further studies into the health properties of rooibos tea

For generations rooibos has been celebrated for its well-being properties and has been used to treat various health problems. According to the UK's Tea Advisory Panel, rooibos has traditionally been used to relieve infant colic as well as asthma, allergies and dermatological problems. The Panel also points out that a 2011 study confirmed that a high intake of rooibos tea results in significant reductions in cardiovascular risk factors, and that emerging data suggests rooibos may help nervous tension and digestive problems.

Health benefits of rooibos tea

More recently in the news, research was highlighted suggesting that rooibos could help to aid weight loss. This notion was prominently featured in the Channel 4's Food Unwrapped 'Summer Diet Special' programme, where they discussed 'the secret ingredient in redbush tea that could help us burn fat'. Read more about this in our blog post focusing on rooibos and weight loss claims.

Newer studies continue to explore how healthful rooibos could potentially benefit a variety of ailments and illnesses. While it is important to note that to date there have been no clinical trials to fully confirm many of the emerging claims, we can't wait to gain a deeper understanding of this this very special tea as new discoveries are made.

Rooibos tea - are there any side effects?

We sometimes get asked by those who are new to rooibos if there can be any side effects from drinking the tea. As the Rooibos Council states, “After centuries of use, no negative side effects of Rooibos have ever been recorded.” For many generations both young and old have enjoyed this truly special tea and at Tick Tock we look forward to sharing our delicious and healthy rooibos with tea lovers for years to come.

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