Rooibos tea: A healthy alternative to coffee

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I used to be a coffee addict. I went with an eye-opening coffee in the morning and then switched to energy-boosting cappuccino in the late afternoon. This was the best-case scenario, though. Under pressure and during exam time at the university, I drank it to improve concentration and I used caffeine instead of sleep. There were days when my coffee consumption was more than 5 cups per day. This is how I reached the point when coffee no longer gave me a boost. On the contrary, I started suffering common caffeine overdose symptoms like nervousness, anxiety, and insomnia. When the symptoms escalated, I just decided to quit. However, it took me a long time to find the best coffee substitute. And honestly,  also didn’t want to give up the milk which is a great supplement to the hot beverage.

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If you suffer some of the common caffeine overdose symptoms, it might be better to consider switching to healthy alternatives. Simply put, overdosing on caffeine can have severe health consequences.

Getting familiar with alternative healthy substitutes of coffee, I became a committed tea drinker and rooibos tea lover.

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Most teas are made from the leaves of Camillia sinensis. Rooibos tea is derived from the leaves of the plant Aspalathus linearis that grow in South Africa. It is often called red bush tea because of its color and is often considered more of a tisane than a true tea due to its origin.

Rooibos tea is promoted for numerous health benefits.

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Antioxidant capabilities

Rooibos is rich in polyphenols that help protect against free-radical damage and prevents various diseases.

Rich in mineral contents

Rooibos tea is loaded with minerals: fluoride, copper, iron, zinc, calcium and magnesium.

It is absolutely free from caffeine

Removing caffeine from your diet can improve stress levels and substitute addictive beverages like coffee. Due to its caffeine-free nature rooibos tea is recommended for better sleep. A cup of rooibos is perfect before going to bed.

Relieve stress 

There are two compounds in the rooibos (aspalathin and nothofagin) that are lowering the production of the stress hormone – cortisol. Therefore, rooibos tea is known to have stress-lowering effect.

Good for your heart

According to a study on the health benefits of rooibos, the tea has blood pressure lowering effects due to the antioxidant – chrysoeriol.

Different blends and exotic fragrances

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The variety of rooibos blends will keep you interested day after day. My top 3 are:

  • Spicy Rooibos tea with masala spices (cinnamon, cloves, cardamom) – this tea is amazing with milk.
  • Rooibos with vanilla – also good to enjoy with milk.
  • Cherry fruit flavored rooibos – great and refreshing for late afternoon.

My top rooibos teabag choice is Rooibos Chai by Numi – it contains biodegradable and compostable tea bags filled with non-GMO verified blend of rooibos, warming spices and earthy vanilla tones.

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If you have to pick “one tea to rule them all”, which one would it be?

 

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