(NaturalNews – Michael Ravensthorpe) Rooibos tea, also called red bush tea, is a herbal tea derived from the leaves of the rooibos plant. Though consumption of the tea was once confined to the South African regions in which the plant grew, rooibos tea is becoming more popular in Western countries due to its robust taste and numerous health benefits.

What rooibos tea does for us

Rich in antioxidants – Rooibos tea is extraordinarily rich in a diverse array of antioxidants, including two polyphenols called aspalathin (which is unique to rooibos) and nothofagin (which is only found in rooibos and the New Zealand red beech). These amazing substances protect our bodies from the cell-damaging effects of free radicals, thereby guarding us from a host of serious degenerative diseases such as macular degeneration, Parkinson’s disease and various types of cancer. In fact, rooibos tea is bursting with so many cancer-fighting compounds (including flavanones, flavones, and flavanols) that the Cancer Association of South Africa, after eight years of research, has officially recognized it as a leading source of natural anti-cancer chemicals.

Mineral dense – Rooibos tea contains numerous vital minerals such as magnesium (essential for the nervous system), calcium and manganese (good for the bones and teeth), zinc (needed for a healthy metabolism) and iron (needed to help blood and muscles distribute oxygen to the body’s cells). As with all natural foods and drinks, rooibos tea’s nutritional composition is fashioned by nature to optimize absorption of all available nutrients. Rooibos leaves and tea, for instance, contain a lot of calcium – but they also contain a lot of magnesium to help us absorb that calcium. Likewise, rooibos’s copper content helps us absorb its iron reserves. These superior absorption rates lead to greater rejuvenation.

Caffeine-free – Like most herbal teas, rooibos tea is free from caffeine and low in tannins, lending it a pleasant, soothing effect on the central nervous system. It’s also suitable for pregnant women and children and can be drunk in virtually unlimited amounts (the average South African drinks between 5-6 cups per day). Rooibos tea’s caffeine-free status, coupled with its dense mineral content, might also explain why it is so well-known for preventing and treating insomnia.

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Improves blood circulation – Rooibos tea contains a flavonoid called chrysoeriol that aids blood circulation by inhibiting enzymes that contribute to cardiovascular disease. Regular consumption of rooibos tea has also been linked to reduced blood pressure and reduced total cholesterol.

Settles the stomach – Like several other herbal teas, such as ginger tea, rooibos tea has a noticeably calming effect on the digestive system. Researchers have attributed this effect to the tea’s quercetin content, a potent anti-inflammatory that can reduce abdominal spasms and ease indigestion.

Purchasing advice

Organic rooibos tea can be purchased online or found at most health food stores. It’s an especially great choice for people who are attempting to wean from coffee, since this caffeine-free herbal drink contains virtually all the benefits of coffee (antioxidants and energy boosts) without the disadvantages. Moreover, anyone can drink it – it’s even safe for babies.

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Sources for this article include:
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
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Derek A. Henry

Derek A. Henry, Founder of Healing the Body and the THRIVE Academy, used nutrition, supplementation, and a holistic lifestyle to naturally unravel 13 chronic disease conditions that conventional or alternative medical professionals couldn't help him resolve. As a result of this one-in-a-million health transformation and the knowledge acquired in the process, he is now happier and healthier than he has ever been and now educates, coaches, and inspires thousands of others to transform their health through a natural and holistic approach. To date, he has helped his THRIVE Academy participants heal over 20 different chronic disease conditions, primarily related to digestive and autoimmune concerns.

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