Rooibos tea is a nutrient-packed, zero-calorie, caffeine-free tea that has been used in South Africa for centuries, as well as many other countries around the world. It’s a member of the legume family, and its official plant name is the Aspalathus linearis.
Rooibos tea contains a laundry list of incredible vitamins and minerals, including iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc, magnesium and alpha hydroxy acid. High in antioxidants, such as aspalathin and nothofagin, this tea is power-packed with nutrients your body needs.
Rooibos contains no fat or carbohydrates and its weight loss properties further extends to inhibiting fat-storage hormones within the body. It’s also 100% natural with no additives, no preservatives and no chemicals. Rooibos tea functions as both an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, protecting your cells from damage by free radicals and reducing inflammation.
Rooibos Tea Weight Loss & Health Benefits
Rooibos tea is native to South Africa and touts a wide variety of benefits ranging from cancer prevention to weight loss. Many experts agree that it won’t be long before rooibos rivals green tea, koutea and white tea in popularity throughout the world.
Weight Loss Benefits
Unlike green tea which gets its antioxidant content from catechins, rooibos tea’s high antioxidant ability comes mainly from two polyphenol compounds unique in rooibos called asplathin and nothofagin. These antioxidants are essential to protect ourselves from the harmful effects of free radicals and to keep our bodies and immune system strong and warding off a variety of degenerative conditions.
There is no “incredible” fat melting compounds in rooibos tea and yet it is often included in a variety of diet plans along with other teas such as pu-urh tea and green tea which we have written about in some detail. While rooibos tea might not be the miracle weight loss dream that many people are looking for, it is extremely good for your health and virtually free of calories.
Simply replacing your regular beverage with a cup of this delicious tea will cause you to lose weight in the long term. In fact, some experts have calculated that simply replacing your morning cup of coffee with a cup of rooibos will help you to lose around 7.5 pounds over the course of a year.
Rooibos’s unique bioflavonoid, Aspalathin, helps to reduce stress hormones that trigger hunger and fat storage, typically associated with high blood pressure, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes. In a nutshell, rooibos tea can prevent the body from storing and even forming new fat cells.
It contains 50 percent more highly effective antioxidants than those found in green tea, white tea and red tea, that fight a large range of diseases. In fact, there is almost no part of your body that doesn’t benefit from rooibos. Unlike other herbal teas, rooibos tea contains no oxalic acid, which is great news for those suffering from kidney stones, as this tea is safe for them to drink.
Rooibos tea contains many minerals that support the growth of healthy bones, including manganese, calcium and fluoride. One well-known benefit of all teas is increased bone strength, because tea increases “osteoblast activity.” Osteoblasts are cells that create bone mass, so increased activity in these cells means that bones are stronger, denser and healthier.
Rooibos Tea Treats and May Even Prevent Diabetes
Strongly connected to rooibos’ ability to strengthen your heart is its direct effect on diabetes. When tested against both diabetes and cancer, rooibos tea showed “significant therapeutic potential for either the prevention of the onset of the two diseases or their progression,” according to research published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine.
Fascinatingly, another study in 2013 conducted by the Department of Applied Life Science at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology’s Graduate School of Agricultural Science focused specifically on the impact of aspalathin, finding a very strong possibility that aspalathin specifically has anti-diabetic potential.
Rooibos Tea Acts as a Powerful Digestion Aid
Your digestive system is susceptible to many problems that are made worse by diets rich in processed foods, chemicals and the other sneaky villains found in much of the food Westerners commonly consume. It’s important to keep your digestive system healthy because it’s responsible for absorbing all the nutrients you consume and utilizing them as fuel for your body.
The best way for your body to operate at optimal digestive health is to eat nutrient-rich foods free of the problematic chemicals and ingredients that processed foods contain.
Drinking rooibos tea is one helpful way to maintain good digestive health, especially if you suffer from frequent abdominal pain or diarrhea. Several compounds found in the tea operate as anti-spasmodic nutrients, preventing abdominal pain and reducing the occurrence of diarrhea.
Precautions of Consuming Rooibos Tea
Although rooibos tea is extremely beneficial for most, there are a few minor precautions you should take if you plan on drinking large amounts of the red tea. First, some research suggests that rooibos tea consumed for a long time may have a subtle impact on male fertility, even though in “regular” amounts, it causes sperm to be more concentrated.
Some physicians suggest that rooibos tea can negatively affect patients with liver disease, kidney disease and certain hormonal cancers. It’s also possible that rooibos tea can interfere with chemotherapy treatments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, consult your physician before introducing rooibos tea into your regular dietary routine.
Preparing Rooibos Tea Weight Loss Brew – Step by Step
- Get your favourite mug at the ready. This brew is easy to make.
- Place the rooibos tea bag, cinnamon sticks, green cardamom pods, ground ginger, saffron and honey in a saucepan.
- Now add 2 mugfuls of cold water and bring the mixture to the boil.
- Reduce to a low heat, then place a lid on the pan and simmer gently for 10 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat and pour the tea mixture into mugs through a strainer to catch all the spices.
- Remove the pan from the heat, then place a lid on the pan and simmer gently for 10 minutes.
- Serve, drink up and let it work its magic.