100g of herbal tea
From its humble beginnings as a herbal remedy and delicious tea used by the local Khoisan Tribe, Rooibos has gained popularity with health-conscious tea drinkers the world over. Rooibos was traditionally used for a number of maladies, including stomach problems, digestive issues, and arthritis.
ANTIOXIDANT/ANTI-INFLAMMATORY - With the high amounts of antioxidants it contains, coupled with its potent anti-inflammatory attributes, Rooibos can protect cells from free radical damage and reduce inflammation – the root cause of almost every disease.
It is especially rich in the flavonoid Aspalathin which is uniquely found in the Rooibos bush. Aspalathin has been shown to decrease the production of certain adrenal hormones, such as cortisol, which helps to reduce stress levels and promote feelings of tranquillity.
TYPE 2 DIABETES - Aspalanthin is a rare and potent antioxidant that has been shown to reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes by increasing muscular glucose absorption and the amount of insulin secreted by the pancreas. This, along with reducing excessive fat production, helps to balance blood sugar and improve insulin resistance, making the body less susceptible to type-2 diabetes.
HEART - Another plant flavonoid, found in Rooibos benefits the heart by increasing blood circulation and helping the body to correct imbalances that lead to conditions such as high blood pressure.
DIGESTIVE - Rooibos is rich in compounds that activate potassium ions in the body, helping to ease stomach cramps, pain, and aid in the digestive process. Rooibos is also a safe, natural remedy for treating colic in babies with the added bonus that it will promote better digestion and peaceful sleep.
BONE - Rooibos is a mineral rich plant due to its extremely long taproot that digs minerals deep out of the ground (up to a depth of 2 metres). Calcium and manganese increase the production of osteoblast cells which build up the bone matrix, whilst two of the plant flavonoids - luteolin and orientin –have been shown to increase the mineral content in bones.