This exceptional south african infusion is highly refreshing and tasty with a gorgeous subtle caramel character. An excellent alternative to black tea that’s naturally caffeine-free and is delicious served with or without milk.
Organically Grown Redbush (Rooibos).
How to Brew Rooibos Tea:
Since Rooibos tea is never bitter and has a naturally sweet taste (but is zero calorie), it is great hot or cold. It should be brewed for a longer time than other teas since its lack of tannins prevents it from becoming bitter, even after long brew times.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF ROOIBOS TEA :
Antioxidants & Polyphenols
Polyphenols are compounds known for their antioxidant activity in the body. Rooibos tea has up to 50% more polyphenols and antioxidants than Green Tea (1) and can be a great alternative with recent concerns about radiation levels in green tea.
Rooibos tea is considered a good source of minerals like Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Copper, Zinc, and Magnesium. In many parts of the world, Rooibos is consumed for skin, hair and bone health because of its high mineral and alpha hydroxy acid content and is even given to children who are intolerant to dairy as an alternate calcium source.
Rooibos tea contains many minerals and nutrients in synergistic balance so they work together for better absorption. For instance, it contains magnesium to balance and help the absorption of calcium, copper to balance and help absorption of zinc and others.
Rooibos has also been identified as a source of the flavonoids luteolin and Quercetin, containing about 1.5 mg per cup.
Rooibos is often recommended during pregnancy and for those who are anemic because it may help with the absorption of iron and other nutrients.
Rooibos tea is naturally caffeine free, making it an excellent drink choice and antioxidant source for those avoiding caffeine and who can’t drink coffee or other teas. It is also low in tannins, which although they are considered beneficial, some people can’t tolerate them. The lack of tannins is also why Rooibos does not have a slightly bitter taste like some other teas do.
No Oxalic Acid
Oxalic acid is a naturally occurring compound in teas, chocolate and some fruits and vegetables like raw leafy greens. When the body is functioning optimally, oxalic acid is naturally eliminated through urine, but it can combine with minerals in the body to create oxalates, a type of salt crystal.
These oxalates can build up in the body and may contribute to kidney stones, bladder stones and other problems. Those who struggle with these problems are often told to avoid teas, and Rooibos is considered a safe alternative because of its lack of Oxalic acid.
Rooibos contains a compound called chrysoeriol which has been found to improve circulation. There is some emerging evidence that it may be useful in supporting circulation related things like blood pressure and heart health.
Rooibos also has naturally soothing properties that work on the central nervous system to promote relaxation. This is one reason it is often given to children in South Africa, but many also turn to it as a natural sleep aid and to help relieve insomnia. Another reason it may promote quality sleep is that it is often used as a caffeine-free substitute for traditional coffee and tea, since removing caffeine also helps improve sleep quality.