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The source of “Red Tea or Red Bush Tea” comes to us from the southwest tip of South Africa, mainly from the Cederberg wilderness area. This shrub can grow to be 6 feet tall and has thin needle-like leaves, reddish branches, and yellow flowers at the tips in the early spring.
Even with Rooibos being caffeine free it does still release energy and give you a pick me up. With delicate flavors that are sweet and earthy. The antioxidants are an important health benefit for human health because they stop free radicals from damaging cells in the body.
Antioxidants are important for a healthy heart, which is why rooibos tea may provide cardiovascular benefits. It may also keep cholesterol levels in check.
A small 40 person study was conducted of people at risk of cardiovascular disease. These people drank six cups of rooibos tea daily for 6 weeks and saw a significantly lower lipoprotein (bad cholesterol) levels, while the good cholesterol increased.
Rooibos tea may also improve heart health by inhibiting enzymes that increase blood pressure. One study reported rooibos tea blocked ACE activity 30–60 minutes after consumption.
This is a great option for a booster in your day, versus coffee or other teas like black and green, which have Tannins in them. People who are anemic (low in iron) find rooibos to be more preferable as the tannins make it difficult for your body to absorb iron.
Rooibos tea may also benefit weight management by increasing levels of leptin. Leptin is a hormone that helps regulate food intake and sends signals to the body that it has had enough food. The tea also stopped the formation of new fat cells and encouraged quicker fat metabolism.
Possible side effects include:
- Certain compounds in the tea can stimulate the production of the female sex hormone, estrogen. So, if you are hormone sensitive, pregnant, or breast feeding, it might be a good idea to check before consuming. There is no medical research to suggest safeness or dangers in these areas.
As always make sure you are using organic herbs as pesticides are toxic and always take normal doses, excessive amounts of anything is not good for you.
We are not doctors, lawyers, accountants or your mom. We give out free smiles and the occasional unsolicited advice. That being said; if you are pregnant, nursing or concerned about your health, call your mom. Or even better, consult a doctors before consuming; particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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