3 health effects of Rooibos tea
It can have a cholesterol-lowering effect
In a South African study, test persons who drank rooibos tea regularly had significantly better cholesterol levels than participants in a control group who did not consume rooibos. Harmful LDL cholesterol levels in the Rotbusch group were lower, while serum HDL cholesterol levels increased. Regular consumption of rooibos tea can therefore sometimes help prevent the development of artery diseases such as arteriosclerosis.
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It can calm and is easily digested
Unlike stimulant and caffeinated teas such as black tea or green tea, rooibos tea does not contain caffeine or bitter substances. As a result, the infusion is said to have a calming effect. For stomach cramps and abdominal pain, the heat from the tea can help relieve cramps without irritating the sensitive stomach lining. The essential oils in tea can also have a relaxing and calming effect.
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Possible antioxidant protection
Rooibos contains phytochemicals such as flavonoids. These substances give the bark of the twigs the typical red color. The color also intensifies as the bark ferments. Flavonoids have antioxidant effects and can inhibit the damaging effects of free radical oxygen compounds. The extent to which the flavonoids in rooibos tea protect our cells from aggressive and highly reactive oxygen compounds has yet to be scientifically determined. However, as part of a balanced diet, the antioxidant ingredients in Rooibos tea can be effective supplements.