A rich source of antioxidants and polyphenols
The quantity of antioxidants and polyphenols found in Rooibos tea is comparable to those found in green tea, making it an excellent alternative if you’re not a fan of green tea. Epigallocatechin gallate (known as EGCG) can be found in the drink, along with the plant based polyphenols that are known to improve the bodies process for metabolising fat.
Reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease
Studies at the Oxidative Stress Research Centre at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, suggested in preliminary results that Rooibos tea protected the body against oxidative damage. Oxidative damage to the body can significantly increase the chances of cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease.
Rooibos is ideal during pregnancy – caffeine free and low in tannins
Along with rooibos being naturally caffeine free, it also has a very low tannin content (around 1 – 4%) compared to other teas. Tannins can inhibit the absorption of iron into the body when consumed in large quantities. Mothers-to-be may want to avoids higher amounts of tannins by drinking Rooibos as a replacement if they drink a significant amount of black tea.