Benefits of Rooibos

Rooibos: A Multi-wonder

Rooibos is an asset for the physically active

Rooibos is believed to quickly replace sodium lost through sweating. The tea has also become a respectable alternative to cold refreshments for sportsmen, manual workers or other people who suffer under high physical strain, due to the proportion of mineral nutrients and micro-nutrients in Rooibos.

Rooibos helps prevent cancer

Flavonoids in Rooibos work as antioxidants – a major protagonist in preventing and slowing down the progress of cancer. Research found that, since a major cause of cancer is damage of the genetic material, the rising level of glutathione associated with Rooibos tea could prevent genetic damages from happening.

The polyphenic-rich extract in Rooibos indicates the potential for use in cosmeceuticals for sun protection and as part of a strategy for preventing non-melanoma skin cancers in humans.

Rooibos boosts your immune system

Scientists believe that antioxidants in Rooibos significantly elevate antioxidant levels in the blood, boosting the body’s internal defence system against disease. Antioxidants protect the body from the harmful effects of free radicals.

Rooibos helps slow the ageing process

Studies show that Rooibos could possibly slow the ageing process, including the progression of dementia.

Rooibos can lower the risk of heart disease

Researchers also found that biomarkers associated with cardiovascular disease significantly reduced by drinking Rooibos tea

Rooibos may control diabetes

A study in Japan found that aspalathin in Rooibos tea helps improve the glucose uptake of muscle cells in type 2 diabetes, thus helping to maintain normal blood sugar levels.

Rooibos helps fight allergies

Rooibos can help fight allergies by boosting the production of cytochrome P450 – an important enzyme that helps metabolise allergens. Japanese researchers found that when Rooibos is consumed regularly as a beverage, it helps improve allergy status as a result of the increased levels of this enzyme in the body.

Rooibos soothes stomach cramps and colic

Anecdotal evidence also suggests that Rooibos acts as a digestive aid and antispasmodic, thereby relieving stomach cramps and colic in babies, as well as symptoms associated with pancreatic sufferers.

Rooibos is also used to relieve nervous tension and stomach and bowel irritation, easing the painful symptoms of urinary system diseases such as prostatitis and cystitis.

Rooibos lowers blood pressure

Chrysoeriol in Rooibos acts effectively as a bronchodilator, with an associated effect on lowering blood pressure and relieving spasms.

Plant-derived oestrogen, Phytoestrogen, has the potential as an alternative for oestrogens in hormone-replacement therapy.

Rooibos soothes skin irritations and acne

Rooibos helps soothe skin irritations and is also excellent for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis. It helps soothe nappy rash and improves acne. Rooibos tea contains no harmful chemicals or preservatives, which may produce allergic reactions or further skin damage.

Rooibos contains zinc, which is essential to the skin’s metabolism, as well as its own natural alphahydroxy acid, which is believed to smooth and refine fine lines and wrinkles.

Rooibos protects the liver

Researchers in Spain found evidence that Rooibos protects the liver against the accumulation of fat and can thus help prevent metabolic disease. It also helps reduce cholesterol, tryglycerides and free fatty acids.

Rooibos assists in relief of heartburn

Rooibos tea can possibly aid in the relief of heartburn, as it has antispasmodic properties.

Rooibos helps against insomnia

Rooibos tea is frequently used as a natural home remedy to help fight insomnia.

Rooibos is 100% good

To conclude: Researchers know of no side effects associated with the use of Rooibos tea. Pure Rooibos tea is also safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women and young children.

Study shows drinking Rooibos protects the liver

Exciting new research indicates that consuming Rooibos helps protect the liver against damage and can reverse some of the damage already present in the organ.

A recent study at the Oxidative Stress Research Centre of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has proven the ability of Rooibos to improve liver function and protect the liver against oxidative damage.

The study shows that access to Rooibos helps to protect liver against structural, enzymatic and biochemical damage, and could even reverse some of the damage already present in the liver. The findings of the study have been published in the journal ‘Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine’.

“These findings provide biological evidence that Rooibos can protect the liver and that it has potential to be used as a supporting treatment for liver disorders. Liver diseases and drug-induced liver injuries are a leading cause of death around the world, and synthetic drugs used to treat liver disorders often cause further damage to the liver,” says Dr Wale Ajuwon, researcher at CPUT, who led the investigation as part of his doctoral study.

He says that it is so exciting to present this evidence that Rooibos can be used as a liver protector and an adjuvant therapy for the treatment and management of liver disorders. “I encourage friends and family to drink at least six cups of Rooibos every day because it contains a plethora of polyphenolic antioxidants that have been shown scientifically to have beneficial effects,” he says.