Rooibos Tea: Health Benefits

Rooibos not only tastes great, it has many health benefits such as:

Natural Rooibos

Naturally completely caffeine free (unlike black & green teas)
Contains natural anti-oxidants including aspalathin which combats several diseases
Has proven cancer-fighting properties in animal research studies
Preservative free
Alleviates allergies – asthma, hay fever, eczema
Replace essential minerals, iron, potassium, zinc & sodium.
Kilojoule free
Low in tannin and doesn’t interfere with iron absorption
Soothing effect on the nervous system & recommended for people suffering from irritability, headaches, disturbed sleeping patterns, insomnia, nervous tension, mild depression or hypertension.
Excellent for hyperactive children
Stomach and indigestion problems like nausea, vomiting, heartburn, stomach ulcers and constipation are relieved by drinking black rooibos tea
Anti-spasmodic, alleviates colic and stomach cramps in babies
Soothing effect on the skin, relieving itching and certain skin irritations like eczema, nappy rash and acne when directly applied to the affected area

Green Rooibos

Even higher levels of anti-oxidants with even better antimutagenic (cancer-fighting) activities.
Most green Rooibos is exported. It is used as a tea and in extract form in beauty and nutraceutical products. (A nutraceutical is any food substance that provides medical or health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease.)

Infants & Babies

Babies love the natural sweet taste of rooibos tea, both hot & cold.
Anti-spasmodic, alleviates colic and stomach cramps in babies
The anti-allergic properties of rooibos relieve skin irritations such as eczema, nappy rash and acne.
Anaemia is a common problem during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Rooibos contains low levels of tannin — the ingredient in other teas that prevents your body from absorbing the iron you need. Rooibos therefore increases iron absorption and also contains iron, potassium and copper – all vital for metabolic functions.
Rooibos is excellent for hyperactive children and at the same time relieves insomnia as it contains no caffeine.
Rooibos tea is a good source of vitamins and minerals. It can be used as a natural supplement as it contains calcium, magnesium and fluoride which are essential for the development of strong teeth and bones. The minerals build healthy strong blood vessels, aid digestion and prevent tooth decay.

Source: Carmién

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