If you are looking for a tasty and health-boosting alternative to black tea and green tea, there is a good chance you have already heard of Rooibos Tea.
This caffeine-free red herbal tea is made from the leaves of a South African plant known as Aspalathus linearis. This beverage has been popular among South Africans for centuries but it’s becoming increasingly sought-after by tea lovers all over the world.
Rooibos Tea health benefits are numerous and are linked mostly to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Let’s take a look at the current studies and evidence on how Rooibos Tea can help you boost your overall wellness.
What is The Current Evidence on Rooibos’ Antioxidant Effects?
There is more than one study focusing on the antioxidant properties of Rooibos. As we know, antioxidants are very important in protecting our cells against free radicals, which could have a role in various diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
A study published in 2014 and conducted by researchers In-Sun Hong, Hwa-Yong Lee, and Hyun-Pyo Kim focused on how psychological stress may increase free radicals and lead to neurodegenerative disease in the long-term. It explains how this could be prevented by dietary supplements like Rooibos, which is a good source of antioxidants because of its larger proportion of polyphenolic compounds. It suggests that oxidative stress could be significantly attenuated by treatment with Rooibos tea.
Another interesting study was published in 2010 by Italian and British researchers. It found out that the antioxidant activity in the blood of 15 volunteers reached its peak one hour after drinking rooibos tea.
Finally, an earlier study published in 1997 on Food Chemistry compared the antioxidant activity of rooibos tea with that of other tea variants like green tea, oolong tea, and black tea. When the antioxidant activity was assessed by the DPPH radical scavenging method, Rooibos tea performed better than black tea and oolong tea.
What are the Health Benefits of Drinking Caffeine-Free Beverages?
Another reason why people drink Rooibos tea is the fact that it doesn’t contain caffeine.
Many studies focus on the negative effects that caffeine can have on our health and thus the positive impact of switching to beverages that don’t contain this ingredient.
People who reduced the amount of daily caffeine they consume have reported various benefits including improved sleep quality, improved blood pressure, a reduction in anxiety, and fewer headaches.
A study published in 2013 on the Journal of Caffeine Research also found out that some people may develop an addiction to caffeine and be unable to reduce or stop its consumption even after being made aware of the negative effects this ingredient can have on their health.
Where Can I Find and Buy Rooibos Tea?
If you are interested in trying Rooibos Tea, you can find it easily in many general and dedicated tea shops, as well as online stores.
When choosing the right brand, it is very important to look at the quality of the selected ingredients, as well as the way in which they are processed.
Drinking high-quality Rooibos tea means you are much more likely to benefit from the health-boosting properties of this amazing beverage.
Our Organic Rooibos Cacao Chai in Biodegradable Pyramid Teabags is a quality blend of South African Rooibos and carefully chosen Cacao Peel and Oriental Spices that further accentuate its natural flavour.
If you are not a fan of teabags, you can also enjoy Solaris Rooibos Cacao Chai in its Loose Leaf Edition.
This is a very relaxing blend and it is ideal to ease your senses after a long and busy day.
Rooibos is also one of the main ingredients of Solaris’ I Feel - Sacral Chakra Organic Pyramid Teabags.
This product is part of our be better CHAKRA range, which is the result of a fusion of two passions: Yoga and Herbal Medicine.
In addition to delighting your senses with a sophisticated herbal blend made of Rooibos, Cacao Peel, and real Borboun Vanilla, this tea will help you focus on your Sacral Chakra, which is passion and pleasure centre.
It encourages self-expression and enjoyment by centering on our inner feelings and creativity and improving our ability to connect to others.
Does Drinking Rooibos Tea Have Any Side Effects?
Rooibos Tea is considered very safe and most people who drink it regularly do not report any noticeable side effects.
Partially, this has to do with the fact that Rooibos Tea does not contain caffeine, which eliminates a long series of caffeine-related problems from the list of potential side effects.
Nevertheless, there have been some rare cases of people reporting problems associated with Rooibos Tea consumption.
Some studies suggest that drinking Rooibos Tea might lead to some liver issues and to an over-production of androgens (female sex hormones).
Still, these cases are extremely rare and are often reported in studies in which only a few subjects experienced them while most participants didn’t.
If you want to find more on what current research says about the positive impacts of tea on our wellness, don’t forget to visit our article on the health benefits of tea.