I bought myself some Rooibos tea. I had no idea what it was but I was on a tea website and it mentioned it was from South Africa, so I thought I would try it.
Rooibos tea is meant to be a healthier alternative to black tea.
Rooibos (pronounced roy-bose) means red bush in Afrikaan, it is a healing tea full of nutrients that are good for the skin. Some of the nutrients it contains including potassium, vitamin C, copper, calcium, zinc and magnesium.
It makes a great anti-inflammatory/carcinogenic tea because it contains plant antioxidants, which are important for our health.
There are loads of claims about the many illnesses/diseases the rooibos plant helps if you want to look them up.
Three very important health benefits of Rooibos tea for me include:
1. Improves glucose uptake and insulin secretion
I have learned through my weight loss consultant course that when foods hits my stomach the pancreas creates insulin to deal with it. If my meals are heavy and my poor pancreas has to continually create a lot of insulin it can cause health problems, the most common one being type-2 diabetes.
As Rooibos tea helps to improve this process that’s good news.
2. Is an aid in liver tissue regeneration.
Our whole body regenerates every few years. I want my plant-eating diet to help regenerate all my major organs into healthier ones. The more food I can consume to help with that process the better. If Rooibos tea aids in the process of liver tissue regeneration then I will drink it daily to help regenerate a healthy liver – even if it does take 7 years!
3. Helps to inhibit lipid per-oxidation.
Lipds live in our cell membranes. Free radicals from crap food and a crap environment can “steal” them. When they are taken away from our body it causes horrible things like premature aging and illness. This is why so many people focus on eating fruits and vegetables which provide antioxidants, because these are the things that will make our cells stronger. So, if Rooibos tea also helps to stop the process of me losing essential cell membranes then its worth drinking.
It is a caffeine free drink, so no worries about becoming addicted.
I have read it is a tea that needs to be drunk with care if you are already unwell, and again you should carry out your own due diligence. Rooibos tea is not a cure for illness but it can support a healthy diet as a preventative measure.