We are all aware of green tea and black tea and their immense health benefits. But very few of us would have known about the numerous health benefits associated with Red Tea.
Red Tea (Rooibos Tea), also known as red bush is less of tea, and more of an herbal brew, made from fermented leaves of a native South African plant. The reddish colour rendered to the tea, is due to processing of its leaves, after being chopped and dried in sun to oxidize and improve flavour. Rooibos tea or Red Tea is 100 percent pure and natural, and contains no colorants or preservatives.
Rooibos (pronounced as roy-boss) is gaining popularity in the United States due to its plentiful health benefits. Studies reveal that the tea is comparable to green tea, as it contains equal amounts of high antioxidant polyphenolic content, and shows anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-mutagenic and anti-viral activity.
Rooibos, enjoyed for its fruity, mild-flavour, is a popular health beverage and is totally caffeine-free. Further, the low tannin levels, makes it a bitter astringent.
Anti-Spasmodic Effect – Due to its high flavanoid content, Rooibos is said to have antispasmodic properties and is used to treat colic and stomach cramps in babies in South Africa. Rooibos is mixed with mother’s milk or formula and offered to infants with colic. It is in other words called mother’s miracle.
Cancer protection “ Rooibos has the ability to inhibit skin tumours. The flavanoids protect against any genetic damage to cells. Research has shown that it can activate an enzyme system known for its ability to clear the body from any cancer-causing agents.
Bronchodilator – Rooibos tea is commonly used for treating respiratory disorders. The presence of flavonoids offers selective bronchodilator effects.
Anti-ageing properties – The antioxidants of Rooibos tea may be helpful in preventing the changes in aging brain. Experiments have revealed that tea can prevent age-related accumulation of lipid oxidation products in several regions of brain.
Fights Arthritis – Being high in polyphenols, associated in maintaining high bone density, due to the presence of calcium, manganese and fluoride, Rooibos helps prevent Arthritis.
Treats insomnia – Having a cup of Rooibos at bed time, ensures a good night’s sleep, as it contains no caffeine, and has a relaxing effect on the central nervous system.
Other health benefits:-
Rooibos Tea is less acidic than other teas, due to its low level of tannin content. Hence, it is a preferred beverage among people suffering from acid reflux.
Rooibos tea bags can be stored in the freezer or refrigerator, and used to soothe tired or red eyes.
As Rooibos contains no oxalic acid, it can also be enjoyed by individuals suffering from kidney stones.
Apart from the said, Rooibos provides relief from nausea, stomach ulcers, constipation, heartburn, increases iron absorption, maintains healthy nervous system, improves metabolic functions, treats mild depression, improves appetite and is beneficial in weight loss.
Rooibos tea can be sipped to suit the taste of every individual. Drink it cold or hot, with or without milk, sugar or honey, or add a dash of lemon or mix it with other fruit juices for relishing a good blend.