Made from a South African bush, Rooibos which means red bush was originally drunk by local people of the Western Cap Provence of South Africa.

It is recognized as one of the most iconic non-alcoholic beverages of South Africa, and it has in the last few years, become popular in the US. People drink the caffeine free beverage for its great medicinal properties as well as its mild and woody flavors which are ideal for relaxing after a long day at work.

 Let’s have a closer look on the main health benefits rooibos tea carries.

 Rooibos, like green tea, contains polyphenols that are antioxidants that protect the body from free radicals and unstable cells. Polyphenols act as a great preventive tool against cancer. Additionally, Polyphenols reinforce the immune system against common viruses and flu.

 In addition to its antioxidant effects, Rooibos has natural properties, which help relieve and prevent hypertension by lowering the blood pressure.

 It also has the ability to dilate the bronchi and bronchioles which decrease the resistance in the respiratory airway and increase the airflow to the lungs. ( it can even help to fight symptoms caused by asthma).

Rooibos is good for the bones and the teeth because it is composed of several minerals including manganese, calcium and fluoride. Manganese will stimulate enzyme that repair bones whereas Fluoride which is present in most toothpaste will contribute to keep your teeth healthy. If consumed regularly, Rooibos will keep your hair healthy and strong. It will improve skin’s texture, as Rooibos is rich in alpha hydroxy acid and zinc typically found in cosmetics.

Rooibos also helps to boost the digestive system because it is rich in antispasmodic agents which activate potassium ions in the body. The release of potassium ions will smooth muscle contractions and prevent spasms of the stomach, intestine or urinary bladder. Rooibos is a great natural beverage to facilitate digestion. For the best results, you should have a cup half an hour prior meals.

 

Finally, Rooibos has properties that help to prevent diabetes from type 2. In fact, it contains a rare type of antioxidants called Aspalathin which:

  • Reduces excessive fat production
  • Balances blood sugar
  • Improves glucose tolerance
  • Increases glucose absorption in muscle
  • Increases insulin secretion in the pancreas

For all of these reasons, Rooibos will lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes especially if your family as a type 2 diabetes history.

Rooibos might be the healthiest caffeine and calorie free beverage you can find out there. Nunshen carries 4 different rooibos blends, Vanille Bourbon N’116, Capetown N’117, Peach Rooibos N’124 (greats for iced teas) and caramel N’114. They are all available in loose tea whereas Peach Rooibos is also available in muslins. Give them a try for a healthier lifestyle.