What is Rooibos?
Rooibos (pronounced roy-boss) meaning "red bush" or bush tea is a broom-like herb native to South Africa. When harvested and dried it can be brewed into a reddish-brown herbal infusion which is caffeine-free and rich in minerals. It has an earthy, sometimes smokey taste to it with a bit of a sweet finish. This herb is still "new" to the tea scene and has only been cultivated for the last 300 years.
So what's the big deal?
On top of being a caffeine-free alternative to the traditional camellia sinensis, it is rich in calcium, manganese and fluoride minerals which assist in maintaining good bone structure and stronger teeth. By increasing the minerals in your system, you reduce your chances of developing conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, and chronic joint pain.
Rooibos also contains polyphenols that have anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antimutagenic qualities. Quercetin, another powerful antioxidant, that has been linked to preventing a wide variety of heart conditions and is also an anti-inflammatory, which reduces blood pressure. Aspalathin, another rare antioxidant that is found in rooibos tea, which helps to balance blood sugar, improve insulin resistance, improve the glucose absorption by muscles, and boosts the insulin secretion from the pancreas.
We weren't kidding when we said rich in minerals.