Rooibos: The South African Super-Tea That You Need To Be Drinking
Say hello to rooibos, the South African tea that’s about as healthy as a yoga-going avocado. Fresh from the slopes of the Cape of Good Hope, this tea boasts some amazing benefits, and it’s fast becoming a formidable rival to its green and black counterparts.
Though it may be the new-kid-on-the-block as far as super-teas go, rooibos (also known as red bush) is certainly no slouch. And here’s why…
Rooibos promotes a healthier heart
An impressive quality for any tea to boast. Rooibos is one for a happier, healthier, heartier heart. It contains chrysoeriol, which is a flavonoid that helps to decrease blood pressure and improve circulation.
To back this up, a study found that one of the ways in which rooibos may decrease the occurrence of high blood pressure is by regulating hormones secreted by the adrenal gland.
Essentially, all this science stuff is code for “heart friendly”. So for a peaceful, healthy chest, rooibos may be a wonderful option!
Controls and prevents diabetes
Diabetes is an incredibly prevalent disease, and one which is thought to affect more than 4 million people in the UK alone. Not only can rooibos work to prevent type 2 diabetes, but it may also be able to control it where it already exists.
The wonderful flavonoid responsible for this is called aspalathin, which balances blood sugar and boosts insulin secretion from the pancreas. This is something that everyone can benefit from, and all it takes is a cup of tea!
Increases bone health
There’s nothing like strong bones. It’s a message we’re fed as early as childhood. “Strong bones = strong child!”. Well how about instead of the usual suspects (ie yogurts and milk), we told you that rooibos was the one to watch for better bones? Rich in calcium and manganese, which may contribute to maintaining healthy bones, rooibos is a step above the rest when it comes to satisfied skeletons.
Another thing (though this is common to all teas) is the increase in “osteoblast activity” you’ll get from drinking rooibos. Essentially, osteoblasts create bone mass. So, in a nutshell, more osteoblast activity means stronger bones. What’s not to love?
Contributes to heavenly hair
Hands-up. Who would like radiant, glowing, smooth and silky hair? Everyone? Thought so! See, there are two kinds of people in the world: those who have great hair, and those who want great hair. Whichever you are, put aside the conditioners and restorative shampoos for a moment. Rooibos is here…
How is tea good for hair? Well, did you know that regular consumption of rooibos may encourage hair growth and strengthen hair fibres? It’s is also rich in polyphenols, which promote shiny and soft hair.
And for readers who may be feeling the cold clutch of baldness creeping towards them, fear not! Rumour has it that the active ingredients in rooibos help to remove dead skin cells, which could be responsible for blocking hair follicles and preventing hair growth.
Ready for the rooibos revolution? Love Leaf Tea has you covered! For the uninitiated, why not start with our Pure Rooibos Herbal Infusion? Or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you could try our Vanilla & Almond or Chocolate Mint varieties. There’s one for every taste!