I’ve just reviewed several avenues of research regarding the disease preventing and vitality raising health benefits of drinking tea. It seems obvious that tea should be an essential part of our diet if we want
to maintain good health and vitality. Experts vary on their suggestion for the amount of tea to drink each day, but it’s at least 4 cups if you want to reap the great rewards, and who wouldn’t?
The herbal tea made from rooibos has been a popular drink in Southern Africa for generations. The plant,Aspalathus linearis, is grown only in a small area in the Western Cape province of South Africa, but during recent years rooibos has become popular in other parts of the world as well. Though not technically a tea, the infusion made from oxidised rooibos leaves is commonly referred to as rooibos tea. The health benefits of rooibos tea seem to be mostly due to the flavonoids aspalathin and nothofagin, although other compounds in rooibos may also play a part. Here's a summary of the benefits:
- Acts as an antioxidant
- Prevents DNA damage
- Relieves allergies
- Cardiovascular protection
- Regulates blood sugar
- Aids in liver tissue regeneration
- Lowers blood pressure
- Resolves respiratory and gastrointestinal problems including colic
- Inhibits brain aging and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease
Since nothofagin and especially aspalathin are not really found in any other plant, rooibos tea looks like a valuable addition to one's health regimen. Even people who are not fans of green tea usually like the taste of rooibos tea. Since rooibos contains no caffeine, it can be also enjoyed in the evening.
It isn’t difficult to live the high antioxidant lifestyle, taking in foods, herbs and teas that will protect your body in many ways, reduce the risk of various chronic and degenerative diseases and make you feel good. As Hippocrates remarked in his credo “Let thy food be thy medicine.” Drink Rooibos for taste or drink it for health. In either case, you’ll derive innumerable benefits.