Rooibos tea may not seem to be as famous as green and black tea in the Western world but it is a very important commodity in South Africa where it naturally grows. Rooibos tea has shown a lot of health beneficial potentials and has become the subject of studies recently.
Japan, one of the top importers of rooibos tea (both conventional and organic), patronizes it for its anti-aging benefits. Their researchers also recognize rooibos tea for its anticancer and antimutagenic (ability to reduce rate of mutation) properties.
Rooibos tea, like most tea flavors, is also rich in antioxidants. It is found to contain rare nutrients - quercetin and rutin that help combat hemorrhage.
According to research, quercetin helps reduce pain and inflammation by inhibiting key enzymes. It works similar to indomethacin and aspirin. In addition, quercetin also helps stop allergies by preventing histamine release. It is commonly used by people who constantly suffer allergies due to allergens like dust and pollution.
Next time we'll discuss another important component of rooibos tea - rutin. So for now, why don't we just sit back and sip some of South Africa's good ol' rooibos tea.