At this point in time there are probably few who would argue the point that tea can confer a range of health benefits upon those who consume it. Similar claims are made for rooibos, an increasingly popular South African beverage that is gradually making its way into more teacups worldwide.
While research on the health benefits of rooibos has lagged far behind tea, there has been some research done. Rather than casting about for the results of these studies, you can simply check out the Web site for the South African Rooibos Council, who, of course, have a vested interest in seeing that this information gets out there.
While it’s hard to say what it all means for humans, “researchers from the Slovak Republic were able to demonstrate the anti-ageing effect of Rooibos in Japanese quails.”
As one recent study found, “antioxidants in Rooibos are potent enough to measurably elevate the antioxidant levels in blood, thereby boosting the body’s internal defence systems against disease.”
Two studies found that rooibos may help to prevent or slow the spread of cancer.
At least three studies found that rooibos can help, in various ways, to promote heart health in humans.
Two studies noted found that rooibos might be helpful in treating diabetes and its complications.
Researchers have investigated the usefulness of rooibos compounds as an alternative to the estrogens in hormone replacement therapy.
A study by researchers in three countries confirmed what’s been known for some time – that rooibos can be helpful in treating gastrointestinal distress.
Japanese researchers found that rooibos could boost immune function.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
“A Japanese study showed that Rooibos could reduce inflammation in rats with colitis…via increased antioxidant activity.”
Respiratory Disease/Blood Pressure
A study by Pakistani researchers discovered that “acted effectively as a bronchodilator, with an associated effect on lowering blood pressure and relieving spasms.”