What is Rooibos?
Rooibos, also known as Redbush tea, isn’t a member of the tea family, camellia sinensis. It originates from the Rooibos bush in South Africa which produces tiny, needle-like green leaves. These leaves are then picked, fermented, and dried, producing the reddish appearance. Although Rooibos has been consumed for many years, scientific research shows that this particular leaf is not only delicious but provides many health benefits as well.
Because Rooibos doesn’t contain the camellia sinensis tea leaf, it’s completely caffeine-free. In fact, if you have difficulty feeling relaxed before bedtime, drink a cup of Rooibos. It’s been shown to actually reduce sleeplessness.
Relieve the Symptoms of Colds and Allergies
Not only is Rooibos caffeine- free, it’s also very good at relieving the common cold symptoms like itchy eyes and runny nose. Although medical evidence is inconclusive, rooibos is thought to work by blocking the histamine that causes your body to react. Because rooibos is caffeine free it’s safe for children to drink, making it a wonderful drug-free option when allergy season hits.
Help weight loss
It may sound a little unbelievable that consuming more Rooibos can help with weight loss but according to a study in 2011, Obese mice who had been fed an unhealthy diet had a metabolic increase after being fed a rooibos extract. Scientists think the polyphenols in Rooibos may block the growth of fat cells and lower bad cholesterol.
In a 2011 study, unfermented Rooibos extract, called Green Rooibos, was found to decrease the number of tumors in rats by as much as 89%. Although it is hard to say exactly what causes this, most would agree it has to do with the large quantity of polyphenols. Additionally, Rooibos has a high level of antioxidants which have been known to kill off the free radicals in your cells that cause cancer.
Do you enjoy Rooibos? We have a wide variety of loose Rooibos