Health benefits of red tea

By Carolin 

Rooibos Tea - Cut & Sifted, 1 lbs

is Afrikaans for red-bush. The fine leaves from the South African bush is use to make . Rooibos is a naturally caffeine free herbal that is known to be full of antioxidants.

Like black tea rooibos tea is fermented but now the green brother popping up in the rest of the world too. Green red tea? Or probably green rooibos tea.

Red tea has not been researched as much as green yet. But studies have shown that rooibos has as an activity that is similar to . Rooibos is especially rich in flavonoids. Other antioxidants in red tea are the vitamins C and E.

is not only loaded with antioxidants it is also a good source of minerals such as iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, sodium and magnesium.

Rooibos is said to have these health benefits:

  • Calming colicky, restless babies
  • Prevent hair loss and stimulate re-growth
  • Ease hay fever and allergies
  • Ease skin irritation and eczema
  • Cure insomnia and nervous tension
  • Promote longevity
  • Prevent cancer
  • Prevent cardio-vascular disease
  • Calm an upset stomach
  • Cure

On top of all the health benefits it has a rich flavor. And it won’t go bitter just because you leave the leaves in the water for too long.

Since rooibos tea is caffeine-free and contains the relaxing minerals magnesium and calcium it is great to drink a cup before bed time.

And for all iced tea drinkers there is Snapple Red Teas ready-to-drink iced tea.

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13 Responses to “Health benefits of red tea”

  1. Stay Chic - Life is Beautiful on June 7th, 2009 9:47 pm

    All tea is good, Green tea is my great friend, while red tea, I haven’t tried them more often, base on your info, I would also like to try some. Anyway, thay are better than coffee.

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  2. Carolin on June 8th, 2009 12:45 am

    Oh yeah they are better than coffee. You can leave the rooibos tea leaves in the pot for hours it doesn’t go bitter like white and green does.

  3. Ben from solar roof tiles on September 28th, 2009 5:42 am

    Does that include powdered tea drinks? The ones that you could buy at grocery stores?
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  4. Carolin on October 2nd, 2009 10:29 am

    Hi Ben,

    Check the ingredients list of the drink you want to buy.

  5. Percolator Brands on October 2nd, 2009 8:13 pm

    I’m cutting down on my caffeine intake at the moment. I’ve started to drink rooibos tea as it doesn’t contain caffeine. I don’t know whether or not it is a coincidence, but whenever I’ve drunk it late in the day, I’ve had difficulty getting to sleep. Does it contain any stimulants? Caffeine free does not mean stimulant free, does it?

  6. Carolin on October 12th, 2009 10:28 pm

    Some teas like Mate contain other stimulants but not rooibos. I have a hard time believing that it was the tea that made it difficult for you to fall asleep. There are many herbal teas that you can try that actually help you relax and fall asleep.

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  8. Life Insurance Quotes Site on January 14th, 2010 12:37 am

    Interesting you should cover this as its been a little known secret for centuries
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  9. sarah from diy solar panels on February 4th, 2010 6:08 pm

    I had no idea that the Rooibos found in the many kinds of tea’s could help cure acne – good stuff to know :)
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  10. lynne from led candle on May 11th, 2010 6:38 am

    Ive never heard of re tea, but if that list of health benefits are anything to go by, I will definately give it a go for a while. If it can help my acne I would be extremely pleased

  11. Carolin on May 12th, 2010 3:45 pm

    Look for rooibos, redbush or red tea. They are all different names on the same healthy tea.

  12. Suffuse Herbal Tea Infusions on December 17th, 2010 1:54 pm

    There are also certain blends that contain Roobios with South African botanicals available – especially great for sleeping kinds!

    I am very skeptical when it comes to tea in bottles though…many times the health benefits are lessened greatly!

  13. Rooibos on January 25th, 2011 6:03 am

    Try Rooibos tea for a great tasting caffeine free dink. It is a 100% natural herbal tea and a completely pure product with no additives, preservatives or colorants. It is known for all its health benefits.
    By having a soothing effect on the skin, it relieves itching and certain skin irritations like eczema, nappy rash and acne when directly applied to the affected area.

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