I’ve recently been really digging the Starbucks TAZO vanilla rooibos tea. I needed a decaf tea when I went to the store and I wasn’t in the mood to get my usual Refresh. I asked what other decaf teas they had and vanilla rooibos was one of them. I decided on it. I’ve been in love ever since. This brings me to this post – I don’t know anything about Rooibos tea, so I thought it’s a perfect opportunity to learn a bit more about the tea and share what I’ve learned with you guys as well!
What is rooibos tea? Sometimes it is called red tea, bush tea, or redbush tea. The herbal tea made from rooibos has been a popular drink in Southern Africa for generations. The plant, Aspalathus linearis, is grown only in a small area in the Western Cape province of South Africa, but during recent years rooibos has become popular in other parts of the world as well. Though not technically a tea, the infusion made from oxidised rooibos leaves is commonly referred to as rooibos tea.Nutritional facts about Rooibos tea:
- naturally caffeine-free
- high level of antioxidants
- low tanninlevels (substances present in the seeds and stems of grapes, the bark of some trees, and tea leaves. They are described as interfering with digestive processes, and until
more effective synthetics were found, were used to tan animal hides and turn them into leather.)
- contains a number of phenolic compounds (additional antioxidant activity)
- cancer fighting benefits of the various types of antioxidants present
- may lower blood pressure
- may help with diabetes
- improves glucose tolerance
- aids in liver tissue regeneration after intoxication (good hangover tea, eh?)
- rooibos tea extract may improve immune defects such as HIV
- prevents DNA damage
- may help prevent/lessen brain damage caused by aging
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