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Rooibos in all its glory 

March 3, 2020, Author: bianca

This dainty-leaved bush holds astonishing health benefits

We often hear about expats from South Africa longing for a cup of Rooibos tea – a taste of home. There’s more than meets the taste buds with this amazing herbal beverage, though. 

Except for the fact that Rooibos is naturally caffeine- and sugar-free, it contains extremely high levels of antioxidants – powerful substances that fight free radicals in the bloodstream and keep us healthy and strong. That’s just the beginning of this powerhouse of a beverage. Rooibos can help alleviate symptoms of a variety of diseases:

  • Cancer: Rooibos acts as a chemo preventor in skin cancer. The phenolic compounds in Rooibos tea extracts have a strong anti-mutagenic effect.
  • Stress: Rooibos tea lowers the production of cortisol by the human body’s adrenal glands. It contains two rare components, aspalathin and nothofagin, that directly contribute to the stress-lowering effect.
  • Hypertension: Not only does Rooibos extract have blood pressure-lowering capabilities, but it is also great for overall cardiovascular health.
  • Obesity: The polyphenols in Rooibos show a decrease in the formation of fatty tissue and it can also slow down metabolism.
  • Ageing: The popular quail experiment shows the extent of Rooibos’ anti-ageing benefits. Some quails were given Rooibos with their food and they were able to lay more eggs and had a longer lifespan than the quails on a standard diet.

 

With Rooibos being a proudly South African product, what more reason do we need to consume this magical, delicious drink?

Heatstruck?

Another interesting fact about Rooibos: 

A series of studies conducted by the University of Ottawa found that consuming a hot drink on a summer day lowers the amount of heat stored by the body, provided that the sweat produced by the hot beverage can evaporate. This is however only possible in conditions where the sweat can evaporate and not in hot, humid weather. In sunny Pretoria, drinking a cup of tea might just be the answer to the sometimes unbearable heat!

RECIPE:

Rooibos and berry iced tea:

3 Rooibos tea bags

3 cups water, 1 boiling, 2 cold

1.5 cups raspberries

3-4 tbsp sugar (or to taste)

1tsp vanilla bean paste or use a Rooibos-Vanilla tea infusion instead

8 mint leaves

Ice cubes, fresh raspberries and lemon wedges for serving

Make the tea using 1 cup of boiling water and three tea bags. Set aside for a few minutes to steep. Then remove the tea bags and add the remaining cold water. Set aside to cool. Heat up the raspberries, sugar and vanilla in a saucepan for 2-3 minutes, stirring often. Put the mixture through a sieve by squashing the fruit to help separate the pulp and juice from the seeds. Once the tea has cooled completely, add the raspberry mixture, lemon juice and mint leaves. Drop in fresh raspberries and a couple of lemon wedges and serve with ice cubes. Keep refrigerated.

<website> www.sarooibos.co.za

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