Find out about the health benefits of Rooibos.

Rooibos does not come from camellia sinensis – the plant that green, black, oolong and white tea varieties grow from and are produced from.

The benefit of this is that the Rooibos bush is completely caffeine free, making it a great naturally caffeine free alternative to your everyday tea.

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.

How much Rooibos should I drink for these health benefits?

A 2008 clinical trial conducted by Cape Peninsula University of Technology notes that you should drink 6 cups of rooibos tea to see the positive health benefits. There is no evidence to suggest that drinking more than this can do any harm to the body. Bear in mind that as Rooibos is also a caffeine free tea, there is no need for concern regarding excessive caffeine consumption.

Check out some of our Rooibos teas.