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If you love a good cup of rooibos tea, put the kettle on and find out why tea breaks could be just what the doctor ordered!

 

Indigenous to South Africa, rooibos tea is one of our most popular exports. Known as ‘red bush’ tea abroad, rooibos tea has a number or health benefits.

Rooibos tea contains high levels of antioxidants which help fight free radicals in the body and boost the immune system. Antioxidants in rooibos tea have been found to increase the productivity of carcinogen-detoxifying enzymes and according research published in the journal of Phytotherapy Research, rooibos tea has anti-mutagenic properties which prevent cells from mutating and developing into cancer cells.

A study by the Juntendo University School of Medicine in Tokyo reported that rooibos tea prevents inflammation and DNA damage, concluding that it’s safe for children to drink as its caffeine free and contains no stimulants. South African mother Annetjie Theron could have told researchers that! In 1968 she found that rooibos tea soothed her baby’s colic and since then many mothers have mixed rooibos tea with baby’s milk to ease colic cramps. If you or your children have stomach cramps, make a cup of rooibos tea and allow the teas anti-spasmodic agent to help soothe a sore tummy.

And the health benefits of rooibos tea don’t end there, there’s even good news for diabetics! Rooibos has been found to promote the regulation of blood sugar in Type 2 diabetes by increasing insulin production and the muscles’ absorption of sugar. This doesn’t mean you can skip your medication or start adding sugar to your tea if you’re diabetic, but as part of a healthy eating plan rooibos tea could improve your overall health.

Some might say that the beauty of a cup of rooibos tea lies in the taste but real beauty of the rooibos is enzyme superoxide dismutase, an anti-aging substance found in the tea. Enzyme superoxide dismutase helps reduce premature aging by promoting the production of healthy skin-producing cells. Drinking rooibos tea is so good for your skin that one study even found that rooibos tea protects against the growth of lesions associated with skin cancer.

So the next time you crave a warm drink, make a cup of proudly South Africa rooibos tea, it’s perfectly healthy and simply delicious!

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Sources: Best Health Mag, Livestrong, Rooibos Tea Benefits and Better Skin with Rooibos.

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