Maybe green tea just has a red competitor. It’s rooibos, which is pronounced roo-ee-bosh and means “red bush”. Rooibos is an herb native to South Africa and is packed with antioxidants. Really packed. This tea comes with a wide range of health benefits such as slowing signs of aging and reducing heart disease risk.
Experts suggest that rooibos has anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. Quercetin, dubbed to be the “king of antioxidants”, is what makes rooibos such a powerful, health promoting tea–a tea that protects against various conditions. Rooibos also contains two antioxidants that are less known, nothofagin and aspalathin. According to experts, these rare antioxidants have properties said to relax nerves and potentially reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Additional benefits from red bush tea:
- Relief from heartburn, constipation and ulcers
- Relief for insomnia, headaches, and irritability
- Help with high blood pressure
- Helps eczema, rash and other skin irritations
- Management of asthma, wheezing, coughs from allergies and hay fever
- Has an antispasmodic effect — may provide relief for babies with colic
- It is safe for those with kidney stones due to its absence of oxalic acid
Rooibos is extremely rich in flavonoids, which have strong antioxidant effects. This is likely the link that shows why rooibos is known as such a healthful tea. Antioxidants take part in preventing cardiovascular diseases, cancer and slowing ageing. In addition, scientists have found there is a mimic of the enzyme Super Oxide Dismutase (S.O.D.) contained in rooibos tea. S.O.D. is an antioxidant that attacks free radicals and minimizes how much damage they can cause.
Rooibos is becoming more popular for its health benefits and taste. There are different flavored varieties/blends you can find at almost any supermarket or online. It may seem too good to be true, but it won’t hurt to try it out and see for yourself.