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Health Benefits of Red Rooibos Tea

Health benefits of red rooibos tea include its use as a cure for nagging headaches, insomnia, asthma, eczema, bone weakness, hypertension, allergies, and premature aging. The tea is absolutely free from caffeine content and is also low in tannins. You can enjoy the refreshing beverage all day long with no possible side effects. Drinking rooibos tea can further ease severe stomach cramps, as well as bring relief to asthma and other related conditions. It also boosts the immune system of the human body.

The health benefits of red rooibos tea are abundant. This form of tea has traditionally been popular due to its great taste and unique color, while also boosting the health of the body. Rooibos tea or red tea is a medicinal, herbal beverage that is acquired from the Aspalathus linearis bush plant that is found in South Africa. According to the South African Rooibos Council, rooibos is not a true tea, but an herb. The fermented tea is red in color.

Its medicinal attributes have been confirmed by The US Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC, which has affirmed that red rooibos tea is capable of reducing cancer, heart disease, premature aging and other serious conditions.

Nutritional Value of Red Rooibos Tea

Red rooibos tea has no oxalic acid and therefore, it can be consumed by people who have kidney stones. Rooibos tea is rich in many mineral contents such as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, fluoride, manganese, zinc, magnesium and alpha hydroxy acid. It also contains antioxidants like aspalathin and nothofagin, and the extremely potent and versatile phenolic compounds.

rooibosteaHealth Benefits of Red Rooibos Tea

Red rooibos tea is one of the best health drinks or beverages for those who care about their health and fitness. Some of the beneficial factors that have been positively correlated with red rooibos tea can be found below.

Polyphenols: Rooibos contains polyphenols that have anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antimutagenic qualities. Polyphenols are organic chemicals that are most often praised for their antioxidant capabilities. Rooibos tea has many phenolic compounds within it, and polyphenols are some of the most important. They act as scavengers of free radicals throughout the body, which are detrimental byproducts of cell metabolism that can cause diseases like cancer and heart disease. Aspalathin and nothofagin are two other vital antioxidants that rooibos tea contains, making this a great beverage to boost your immune system and protect your body against all types of diseases and conditions.

No Caffeine: Rooibos tea is completely caffeine-free, therefore it is recommended by doctors for patients suffering from insomnia. A cup of rooibos beverage just before going to bed can help you sleep better, and by removing caffeine from your diet, you can also improve your stress levels, mood, and heart health. Being dependent on caffeine is the most common addiction throughout the world, but people don’t realize the dangers that it can pose. Rooibos tea gives you the energy and health benefits, without the dangerously addictive substance.

Hypertension: 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 brochodilator, which not only relieves respiratory conditions, but generally reduces blood pressure, which can lead to dangerous cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and atherosclerosis.

Bone Health: 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 top build new bones and repair damage. Flouride is related more commonly to dental health, which is why flouride compounds are so often found in mouthwashes and toothpastes. Whether it is teeth or bone structure, red rooibos tea gives you an advantage!

Cardiovascular Health: Quercetin, another powerful antioxidant found in rooibos tea, has been linked to preventing a wide variety of heart conditions. It is anti-inflammatory, which reduces blood pressure, and it also scavenges free radicals like other antioxidants. It promotes an increase in HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and inhibits the LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) from binding to the walls of arteries and blood vessels. This means added protection against various heart conditions, including atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes.

Infant Health: 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. This is actually what first began rooibos tea as a well-known health aid. Various South African women claimed that this plant was very soothing for their colicky infant. Word began to spread and rooibos tea was suddenly being thrown at any number of health issues to see what else it could help. 50 years later, the world knows all about this powerful little herb! The exact mechanism by which it soothes colic and stomach pain is unknown, but the general anti-inflammatory properties of the herb are most likely responsible.

Diabetes: Aspalathin is one of the rare antioxidants that are found in rooibos tea, and it has a number of unique qualities. It can help to balance blood sugar, improve insulin resistance, improve the glucose absorption by muscles, and boosts the insulin secretion from the pancreas. This all results in an ideal defensive shield against developing type II Diabetes, one of the most widespread and dangerous conditions that is currently sweeping the world. By balancing blood sugar, rooibos tea can also protect people that already have diabetes by preventing the spikes and drops of blood sugar that are so detrimental to their overall health.

Good for Skin: The alpha hydroxy acid and zinc content of red tea are very good for the skin. You can also try applying some red tea powder directly to the skin to relieve acne, pimples, sunburns or related skin conditions. Alpha-hydroxy acids are not found naturally from too many sources, but in terms of cosmetic products, it has become very popular, particularly because it can reduce the signs of wrinkles and other premature aging symptoms. Also, they are commonly found in chemical peels, which revitalize the skin and leave it fresh and invigorated with a healthy glow. However, there has been some controversy about commercial uses of alpha hydroxy acid, so it is always better to get it from a natural source, like red rooibos tea!

Kidney Stones: Even people with kidney stone problems can drink as much red rooibos tea as they want as there is no oxalic acid in the beverage. Many times, people with kidney stones are discouraged from drinking too much tea of other varieties because of that exacerbating ingredient. Oxalic acid is a crystal-forming substance, so it can make the presence of calcium stones or other painful growths in the kidney even worse by making them larger. That won’t be a problem with rooibos tea!

Antispasmodic properties: The tea is rich in antispasmodic agents, which can ease severe stomach cramps and abdominal pains. This is mainly due to the activation of K+ (potassium ions) in the body without antagonizing the activities of Calcium. Together, this can reduce the presence of hyperactivity in the gastrointestinal tract, preventing diarrhea and other intestinal issues.

redrooibosteaAllergies: In many parts of South Africa, red tea is used as an effective curative to treat allergies like eczema, hay fever and allergy-related bronchitis. It has anti-inflammatory qualities, thanks to its phenolic content, and this is why it is also prescribed for asthma and topical allergic reactions of various types throughout the body.

Premature aging: The antioxidants present in rooibos tea slow down the human aging process and they also boost the strength of the immune system. Antioxidants seek out the free radicals that damage skin, hair, bones, and other organ systems by making them vulnerable to disease and degeneration. Rooibos tea is one of the most potent beverages in terms of antioxidant content. It also has anti-aging effects in terms of cognitive ability, because it reduces the impact of oxidative byproducts in neural pathways, stimulating concentration and focus!

Great beverage: Red rooibos tea is an excellent thirst quencher and does wonders for active people like professional athletes, hyperactive children and those who travel often, whether for pleasure or business. Most people prefer to drink rooibos tea in its natural form without any sweeteners, and those who simply want a refreshing drink without a caffeine boost, rooibos is the ideal choice.

Rare nutrients: Rooibos tea is said to contain rare nutrients like Quercetin and Bioflavanoids that assists in good blood circulation and obstructs hemorrhaging.

A Few Words of Caution: Despite all of these health benefits of rooibos tea, there can be a downside for some people. Since rooibos is so powerful, it can interfere with treatments for various conditions, including chemotherapy for cancer patients. Also, rooibos has shownestrogenic activities in certain studies, so it might not be a good idea to use if you have a hormone-sensitive cancer like breast cancer. Finally, if you have existing kidney or liver conditions, rooibos might be more harmful than helpful. It should be used as a preventative measure for these conditions, not a cure. Make sure you speak to your doctor before adding any new dietary elements or beverages to your normal routine, particularly one as powerful as rooibos tea!

Other than that, enjoy and drink to your good health!

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  1. chiemyhealth says:

    This a well written article especially on the health benefits of this great tea, remember in everything we do, we must take precautions.

  2. Monika says:

    Hi! When can you drink rooibos tea? I mean at what age is it recommended. Thanks!

  3. Felice Miles says:

    okay – my bad…. it was a pop up ad. Not related

  4. fash says:

    Rooibos Tea +honey+Lemon is so relaxing and tasty. I take this every morning :)

  5. aimie says:

    Is rooibos tea appropriate for infants (within a year of age) to assist with allergies, eczema & respiratory issues?

  6. Anne Wilson says:

    This tea is amazing! Its got a lvly taste. Aids my sleep. Calms me down. I recommend it to everyone.

  7. Penelope Rendle says:

    When can you start giving a baby rooibos tea

  8. I came across red rooibos red, i drank it its really good with all its health benefits.

  9. The #1 Highest quality Rooibos Tea on the market today is made by the Busch Tea Company. In South Africa it's known as "Supergrade" Rooibos Tea. Here is a look at their website if you want to learn more.
    & if you know of any coffee shops, tea shops, grocery or health food stores in the US that would like to carry this line of Rooibos Tea, please comment below & I will contact you. Thanks :-)

  10. Trying this tea for the first time after looking for a caffeine free evening tea. I never expected to find that it has so many benefits. 8-)

  11. Anonymous says:

    So, which is better, Rooibos Tea or Green Tea?

  12. If any of us have an upset tummy, we drink black rooibos tea with a bit of honey, and it really helps. I have used rooibos tea for so many things, like rinsing my babies in it when they had cradle cap or heat rashes. Great to soothe sunburned skin too. I make fabulous iced tea, just add any fruit juice of your choice. Gives chocolate cake a lovely flavour too, just had a teabag into the water and then add the water to the mixture. My daughter throws a teabag into cold water every day in a juice bottle and drinks that as it is very good for her skin. A miracle tea!

  13. Wong Joanne says:

    I like this tea,help to sleep better …

  14. Yes is awesome and the taste very delicius for a Tea. If you want to try it, go http://GanoURL.com/EnrichYourLifeEveryDay.

  15. Yesterday I bought a pound of loose Rooidos (organic) along with 1/4 pound of vanilla beans from Amazon.com. Will be delivered Tuesday.

    • Joan Kramer-Clarey says:

      Let me know if it cures your late night insomina. Lord knows I need something!

    • I'll let you know….I hope it tastes as good to me as all of the reviews I've read. I had Hibiscus tea delivered today, it's different, rather tart but not bad. Suppose to help lower blood pressure amongst other good benefits. I think it would tastes better iced. I put some honey in it, somewhat cuts that tartness….I feel like a 'tart' myself after the 2nd cup, hahahahahahahahaha

  16. Devina H. Collier says:

    Very good tea!

  17. Can you mix juices such as cranberry cocktail juices with this tea?

  18. Elise Raat says:

    I love this tea. At home I have a thermal carafe with glass inside that keeps it warm and I can drink it any time. I put loose organic rooibos tea in it let it steep. When moving around and going out I always have organic rooibos tea bags with me. I find it a very soothing, balancing and healing tea.

  19. Sherry Doggendorf says:

    Red Rooibos is naturally sweet, so even someone like me who adds a bit of honey or vanilla sugar to her tea can drink it by itself! I still like it with a tad bit of honey and a splash of milk, though. Tastes great and is amazing for your health. A cup a day with a spoon of honey is certain to do you wonders. :)

  20. Shantria Watson says:

    I haved used this African red tea for years for myself and my children. I don't like to medicate my children for ailments, so when my infants were teething or colicky I used this tea to soothe them. It did, much better than giving them doses of motrin or tylenol.

  21. Cindy Neal says:

    My chiropractor was telling me about this tea. He has a Cafe that he sells healthy foods in it and told me to have a smootiie made with it. Has anyone tried this?

  22. Kristine Niessen Hitt says:

    I hope it's not bad flouride though. It can be bad for you.

  23. Another great thing about rooibos is that it's impossible to over boil or over steep it. The hotter the water and the longer you steep it, the tastier it is!

  24. Melissia Randle says:

    This is why I drink RED TEA.


    • Bernice Hill-Shepherd says:

      I heard about this tea! You tried it so is it really that good ?

    • Oce Tyson says:

      If you're not really a tea drinker, then it's going to suck, especially without sugar. I didn't like it and haven't touched the tea in months since I bought it from Krogers. I plan to make it again, but adding some sugar and chilling it like I normally do. I may even add sugar and honey to my own cup at some point. Anything so that I won't waste my money; it's a good tea, but just drink it to your preference.

    • Donna P. Lewis says:

      If you want to keep it "healthy"– add stevia to sweeten. A little stevia goes a long way, though– so be careful– add sparingly and then taste before you add more

  26. Dahlia Ross says:

    Good to know. Thanks.

  27. Edward Jefferson says:

    This tea is new to me! I will try it!

    • RickS says:

      Your comment in the beginning caused me to stop reading: Its medicinal attributes have been confirmed by The US Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC, which has affirmed that red rooibos tea is capable of reducing cancer, heart disease, premature aging and other serious conditions. Now this may or may not be true, but the USDA most CERTAINLY HAS NOT said any such thing. I hate to read crap when someone thinks and behaves as if the end justifies the means. BULL CRAP on you for such behavior. Secondly, rooibos has benefits but it also has fluoride – poison to many, especially any with thyroid disorders. THIS has been documented.