Red rooibos tea is considered as very popular in the South African population. It is believed that this type of tea contains twice as much antioxidants compared to those found in green tea.
“Rooibos is a unique South African plant, which offers almost limitless health benefits. The plant’s medical properties continue to astound scientists, and I believe we’ve only just scratched the surface of Rooibos’ incredible healing potential.” South African Rooibos Council spokesman, Ernest du Toit, said.
This type of tea can be used to resolve health conditions including headache, asthma, skin problems including allergies, stomach ache, insomnia, and high-blood pressure. Those who suffer from kidney stones can drink this tea because it does not have oxalic acid. The rooibos tea may help improve the immune system and help lessen a person’s risk of developing cardiovascular diseases including heart failures.
Drinkers of rooibos tea will be able to enjoy as well the benefits of absorbing minerals some other types of teas do not have including alpha hydroxy acid, iron, potassium, calcium, copper, manganese, and magnesium. This tea also contains antioxidants even green teas do not have.
The Power of Antioxidants
Flavonoids are polyphenolic compounds found in plants that play an important role in delivering health benefits. Rooibos tea is a caffeine-free beverage that is abundant in flavonoids, particularly aspalathin and nothofagin. These two flavonoids have strong antioxidative properties that reduce inflammation in bodily systems, especially the digestive system. Another antioxidant found in rooibos tea is quercetin, which is beneficial to people who are at risk of developing hypertension or high-blood pressure.
One of the benefits aspalathin deliver is maintaining the balance of the blood sugar levels of a person. People who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes will benefit from drinking this tea as it improves the absorption of glucose in the muscles as well as their insulin resistance.
A team of researchers from the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at Juntendo University School of Medicine in Tokyo examined the antioxidative properties of rooibos red tea using a rat colitis model. They found that while consuming the rooibos tea showed little to no effects on the body weight, it has the potential to prevent DNA damage and reduce stress in drinkers.
Rooibos tea contains polyphenols, an antioxidant that helps improve the immune system and has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antimutagenic properties. Polyphenols help protect the body from cell metabolism, which is often linked to the development of cancer and heart diseases.
"Red tea is an excellent antioxidant. It prevents the movement of free radicals in the body and thus, reduces oxidative stress. However, just like all kinds of tea, it must be had in moderation as tea is a natural dehydrator," said Dr. Anju Sood, a nutritionist based in Bangalore.
Rooibos tea is also a good source of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol), and it helps diminish bad cholesterol in the arteries and blood vessels, resulting in an improvement in the circulatory system. People may significantly decrease their risk of developing heart problems including heart attack and stroke. The antioxidants in the tea may also help prevent the worsening or the development of hemorrhage.
Another benefit that can surprisingly be observed in drinking red tea is its lack of caffeine, which means people who suffer from sleep deprivation can enjoy drinking this tea in the evening without worrying about whether it will keep them up at night. Also, the tea may help improve the quality of their sleep, as the antioxidants in the tea may relieve their stress, calm their senses, and improve their mood.
Good for the Skin and Bones
Rooibos tea also has properties that replenish the suppleness of the skin including alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and zinc. AHA is often found in skincare and cosmetic products that are promoted as anti-aging and moisturizing. Apart from drinking the leaves as tea, it can also be pulverized into a powder and applied on the skin to treat problems such as acne or sunburn.
It was claimed that drinking the tea may also benefit people by activating the potassium ions and boosting the amount of calcium in their body. It was also said to improve a person’s gastrointestinal condition as it is rich in anti-spasmodic agents that help relieve stomach aches and ease diarrhea. It was speculated as well that the tea is good for children who often suffer from colic and stomach aches. However, there is no scientific evidence to prove these claims.
While this tea may be gaining the spotlight for the astonishing number of benefits it can deliver, it can also have its downsides. For one thing, women who have estrogen-related problems or who are at risk of developing or have had cancer should not drink this tea. The properties of the tea may also have counter-effects on treatments cancer sufferers undergo, such as chemotherapy. People who have kidney or liver problems should also avoid drinking this tea as it may worsen their condition. Consult first with your physician before you start drinking this tea.