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The Superfood that is Rooibos Tea

The Superfood that is Rooibos Tea

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The Superfood that is Rooibos Tea
(OrganicJar) Rooibos (pronounced ROY-boss) appears to rival the health benefits of green, red and black tea. A favorite among South Africans for years, the tea is made from Aspalathus Linearis, an indigenous shrub that grows only in the mountainous region close to the Cape of Good Hope. The beverage is said to have 50% more antioxidants than are found in green tea and new research is showing rooibos helps delay the aging process! The aging of our bodies is caused by toxic compounds called free radicals which are produced as a by-product of normal cell function. These free radicals attack our healthy cells. Over our lifetime this damage contributes to aging and our immune system weakens. Recently, Japanese scientists have found that Rooibos tea contains a mimic of the enzyme Super Oxide Dismutase (S.O.D.), an antioxidant which attacks the free radicals and limits their damaging effects. Rooibos tea contains no colors, additives or preservatives. It helps to relieve insomnia, irritability, headaches, stomach ulcers, nausea, constipation, and heartburn. It also shows anti-mutagenic, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral activity. Rooibos contains alpha hydroxy acid and zinc for healthy, smooth skin. This wonder tea is especially useful when brewed and applied to skin irritations like itchy skin, eczema, sunburns, diaper rash and acne.

More Amazing Benefits of Rooibos Tea!

  • Helps to give you strong bones and teeth because of its calcium, manganese and fluoride content.
  • Is often prescribed for nervous tension and mild depression as it makes a relaxing sedative.
  • Helps to control your appetite thus beneficial in weight loss.
  • Contains magnesium which is necessary for a healthy nervous system.
  • Helps pacify infants with colic, stomach cramps and sleeping problems. Simply mix some Rooibos tea with expressed breast milk or formula. It is 100% natural with no colorants or preservatives.
  • Contains no oxalic acid and can therefore be enjoyed by persons suffering from kidney stones.
  • Put used rooibos tea bags in the refrigerator or freezer. After a hard day's work, put on tired or red eyes to soothe and relax.
  • Increases the absorption of iron in the body.
  • Makes a great thirst-quencher and sport drink. Because of its mineral content of iron, potassium, zinc, manganese and sodium, it restores the body's equilibrium after strenuous exercise.
  • Drink it hot or cold, with or without milk, sugar or honey. Add lemon or mix it with fruit juices for a lovely blend. Rooibos tea is also used in cooking and baking. It replaces the liquid content in recipes for soups, marinades, sauces, stews and cakes for added flavor and nutrition.
  • And Rooibos tastes divine! It is less bitter than most teas.

My Thoughts:

Rooibos is my new favorite tea and it's very versatile! I brew it for about 4 minutes, then add a splash of organic hemp milk, with some raw honey....delicious! With its many positive attributes, Rooibos tea is a great choice of drink for health conscious people and a superfood we should all consume! I haven't found it in many stores, but there are lots of places online, make sure its 100% organic!

Would love to know how others make there perfect cup of Rooibos?

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  1. Rooibos is my beverage of choice too…Rooibos makes a great iced and also makes a tea-licious culinary ingredient. If you like to cook, you can check out some Rooibos tea recipes at theteaspot.com

  2. Hey, nice post, very well written. You should blog more about this.

  3. Caution, there is a lot of fluoride in this tea. Not as much as Green Tea, but enough to cause quite a lot of problems in some people. Fluoride really dumbs down the brain, calcifies the Pineal Gland, and shuts off spiritual/mental powers. It’s the ultimate pacifier.

    While this IS a superfood, I’d use it in moderation, or stick to Tulsi.

    I tried drinking South African Rooibos tea but it gave me the same symptoms, despite having no caffeine at all. Now I know why – the Rooibos plant stores fluoride in its leaves just like the regular tea plant.

  4. This is my all time favorite tea, although I still don't know how to pronounce it. I love it with vanilla soy milk and a touch of honey.

    Great site, btw!!!

  5. What a load of bull I been drinking rooibos for years now in large amounts no problem in fact never is mention in any rooibos website site about rooibos and to much of fluoride in it in facts it only 0.04mg of of fluoride in rooibos also in the history of rooibos there has never been any side effects what so ever do your research and you will find out the real truth .

  6. I’m a huge fan of rooibos too. Enjoyed reading this.

  7. Eczema is really so itchy and i cant help but scratch it. Corticosteroid is a heaven sent because it can relieve the itchiness and redness. |

  8. This is the first I ever heard of Rooibos tea. When I saw 50% more antioxidants in it than green… I’m thinking I better start drinking that instead of my usual green tea.

  9. Rooibos tea is really gaining popularity these days, really amazing the great health benefits you get from drinking tea, am a green tea lover, but am beginning to love rooibos tea as well.

  10. Good article , I’m going to spend more time reading about this topic

  11. A caffeine free alternative to 'real' tea that tastes very like it, herbal tea for people who don't like herbal tea!

  12. I love this red tea.. good for my body and soul!

  13. Thanks for the post, I enjoyed reading it.

    I think it’s a wonderful tea (this and Japanese Sencha are my favs,) but it may be a stretch to imply that the mineral content restores balance after rigorous exercise. If one were to look at the mineral content of Rooibos it would be seen to be rather minuscule.

  14. I live in South Africa and have grown up on Rooibos tea (pronounced roy-bos – its Afrikaans) but never realised just how healthy it is.

    Thank you, I found this a very interesting and informative post.

  15. Dean…it is only the fluoride that is not natural eg the fluoride put in water supplies ,toothpaste etc. that has the negative effects to our system, particularly our brain. It is a waste product of aluminum production. Naturally occurring fluorine is beneficial and is found in natural foods.

  16. my favorite.. so good for you…

  17. have used it for many many years and get upset when my store has run out of it.

  18. I mix it in with my green, makes a nice blend… add a drop of vanilla extract…. and sometimes a dusting of cocoa powder… bliss.

  19. I mix it with my green tea, add a drop or two of vanilla extract. and a dusting of cocoa powder. bliss. 8) http://www.yogawithjohn.com/blog

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