In South Africa, a shrub called Aspalathus linearis grows abundantly. That shrub is then used to make Rooibos tea, the newest health craze of August.
The name actually means “Red Bush,” so sometimes grocery stores and supermarkets will advertise the tea under that name. When plucked, the leaves are green, but after fermentation, they turn a deep reddish color.
Here are some of the health benefits of sipping on this tea:
It Is Stocked With Antioxidants
Gram for gram, this tea has over 50 times more antioxidants than green tea. Most people choose green tea because it is one of the healthiest choices with the most benefits. And that’s all about to change. The antioxidants in Rooibos tea are known to destroy cancer-causing cells and repair cell damage.
It’s Free From Caffeine
This tea is caffeine-free, making it the perfect thing to enjoy before bed or after dinner. It won’t give you a sporadic jolt of energy or make you wired late at night. Also, since the tea contains lower levels of tannin than black or green tea, it can actually count towards your daily water intake.
It Aids Digestion
This tea is proven to help sooth digestion problems, like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, acid reflux, cramps, and stomach pain.
It Contains Aspalathin
Studies show that aspalathin has an anti-diabetic effect on the body, so it could possibly be used to treat people with type 2 diabetes. The tea also helps balance blood sugar levels and improves insulin resistance.
It Supports Good Heart Health
While studies are still ongoing, evidence supports the claim that Rooibos tea boosts weight loss and prevents heart disease. It certainly doesn’t hurt to sip on a cup or two a few nights a week to stay healthy and keep your appetite from getting out of control.