Pros and Cons of Rooibos Tea

Rooibos is a South African herb that isn't even a legitimate "tea" in the traditional sense. Rather, it's a plant that, when picked and dried, may be brewed into a reddish-brown aromatic liquid known in the tea business as "African red tea" or "red bush tea."

Rooibos is peculiar in that it is native to the Cederberg Mountains in South Africa, just north of Cape Town, where it grows nowadays. It is among the most bio-diverse regions of the state, and it is also home to a global heritage-protected wildlife area, sandstone formations that are 500 million years old, and a six thousand years old rock art legacy left by the San people, also known as Bushmen, who initially colonized the region.

For centuries, natives have been collecting and processing the naturally occurring rooibos in the Cederberg area. In this region, while farmers are still harvesting the wild-growing varieties of Rooibos tea, commercially grown varieties of the tea have been grafted to other parts of South Africa. South Africa seems to be the only country in the world that produces rooibos, with over 450 cultivators generating up to 15,000 tones every year. South Africa exports 7,000 tones of rooibos to more than 30 countries all over the world. The herb's main consumers are Germany, Holland, the Japanese, the U.K., and America.

Rooibos is frequently used in the production of high-end, flavored drinks such as lattes, fully prepared iced teas, and modern cocktails. The flavor of rooibos, whether steeped or ground, enhances the flavor of the variety of dishes. 

In one instance, a rooibos tea company teamed up with South African chefs to create a recipe book that included recipes for dishes such as Rooibos chicken pot pie, Mussels in Rooibos, Rooibos and Apple Sauce.

Rooibos has become a prevalent additive in health-oriented and anti-aging beauty products due to the claimed nutritional and medicinal values of the plant. It can be found as an extract, powder, or tincture in these products.

Rooibos tea, brewed red, has a deep amber red color that makes it a wonderful natural dye agent for hair color as well as Easter eggs and fabric for crafts.

Pros and Cons of Rooibos Tea

Pros of Rooibos Tea:

Rooibos Tea is full of antioxidants and vitamins that help in the following way

Caffeine is a naturally occurring stimulant that can be found in both black and green tea. Caffeine consumption in moderation is generally considered safe. The latest study shows that it may have positive effects on strength, ability to concentrate, and state of mind.

In one study it was evaluated that antioxidants present in Rooibos Tea normalize heart functions and beneficial for patients who have any underlying cardiovascular disease.

The antioxidants quercetin and luteolin, which are found in rooibos tea, have been shown in Petri dishes to destroy malignant cells and prevent tumor growth. Specific antioxidants in rooibos tea have been shown in animal models to help regulate blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance.  

Cons of Rooibos Tea:

In general, rooibos is considered to be very safe. Adverse effects are exceedingly uncommon, but they have been documented.

Drinking significant volumes of rooibos tea regularly was connected to an upsurge in liver enzymes, which can often suggest liver disease, according to one case study. Certain chemicals in tea can increase the synthesis of estrogen, a female sex hormone.

According to some studies, people who suffer from hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer may need to stop drinking this type of tea.

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