So what is Red tea? It's Rooibos Tea.
This Red Tea thing has been popping up in my email inbox for a number of weeks now so I thought – I must try it. It's early days for me at the moment but according to everybody who's filling my inbox up the benefits include:
Powerful antioxidants; Prevents against some cancers; Improves circulation; Contains Flavonoids which help with digestion; Improve skin condition & Encourages restful sleep.
Sounds like it could do us ALL me some good so I thought I'd share the following article with my readers.
Rooibos Tea (Aspalathus Linearis)
Rooibos tea is gaining popularity around the world as a delicious, healthy, and calming drink. Rooibos tea comes from deep in South Africa, and it has been used for centuries for good health amongst the Africans—and for good reason!
Rooibos (pronounced Ruy-bos) has been shown to protect against cancer, reduce inflammation, help prevent heart disease, lower blood pressure, and even calm babies. And because it does not contain caffeine, like green and black tea, it is a safe and soothing drink to have before bedtime, and you can drink as much as you want. Many South Africans drink 5-6 cups of Rooibos a day.
One of the best health benefits of Rooibos is its mineral content including magnesium, which is essential for so many people who are deficient in the mineral. Magnesium is calming to the nervous system and the blood vessels, helping to regulate heart beat, and lower blood pressure. It also contains calcium, zinc and manganese which are vital for bones and teeth, as well as iron, which helps to supply red blood cells and oxygen to the body. One of the wonderful things about getting your minerals from a natural food is that they all exist in perfect balance to help you absorb them best. The magnesium helps you absorb the calcium and the copper helps you absorb its iron.
Black, green and rooibos tea all contain polyphenols—the powerful antioxidants that make tea the super-powered drink that it is. But, rooibos tea contains almost 50% more polyphenols than even green tea! Two of the polyphenols that are found in high concentrations in rooibos are aspalathin, and nothogagin, as well as quercetin. These antioxidants fight free radicals which are the unstable cells that can cause disease. Aspalathin is only found in rooibos!
Rooibos is very calming to the digestive system—in fact, Rooibos is so gentle and soothing that many mothers in South Africa use the tea to soothe colic in babies. The quercetin it contains makes it also good for indigestion, stomach cramps, and upset stomach for grownups as well.
You can read more about Rooibos Tea: Even healthier than green tea? by Catherine Ebeling by clicking this link
Here’s a really interesting rooibos recipe from fitness expert, Danette May, that I think you’ll LOVE…
Healthy Vanilla Coconut Rooibos Tea (crushes cravings for sweets while delivering large amounts of antioxidants)