Some may assume that rooibos tea is just a variety of tea, such as red tea. And, although the name may be confusing, not everything is what it seems. The rooibos comes from a bush of African origin, the Aspalathus linearis, different from that of tea, which is obtained from the variety Camelia Sinensis.
Although, the fundamental difference is that rooibos it is an infusion without theine, which is usually consumed to relax and becomes an alternative option to the exciting properties that green tea may have, for example.
As Miguel A. Lurueña, doctor in Food Technology and popularizer, points out, it is also the first African food to be recognized with a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) in the European Union. This means that no product with this name can be marketed that has not been produced in South Africa under the conditions set out in the quality standard.
Rooibos tea was made popular by the Dutch residing in South Africa in the 18th century and seeking a cheaper alternative to black tea. Although, it was not until 1930 when it began to be commercialized. Today, the plant from which rooibos tea is obtained grows in harsh conditions and acidic soils. Its harvest and processing is similar to that of tea: it is made by hand, classified, cut and finally fermented to develop its reddish color.
Among other things, this infusion has a reddish color -similar to that of red tea-, with a fruity aroma and a sweet taste. But in addition, this relaxing drink has health benefits similar to those of tea. This drink is attributed properties such as that it helps to improve the circulatory system, has an antioxidant effect and is very beneficial protegens from intestinal infections or throat problems.
In addition, the one known as African tea has a very positive effect on the skin, because it has soothing properties. It should be borne in mind that, unlike tea, it does not contain caffeine or similar alkaloids, which means that this infusion can be consumed by everyone.
The benefits of taking infusions daily
That rooibos tea is not a tea itself, does not mean that it is not beneficial for the body. The infusions help to improve digestion as the body eliminates the waste substances that make it stay healthy. Now, depending on which one we consume, we will obtain some benefits or others in our organism.
It is well known that infusions they have a calming power. In this sense, drinks such as chamomile are recommended for digestive disorders; lemon balm or linden to calm nerves or states of anxiety; or sage, for example, to stimulate the circulatory system.
In the case of rooibos, being rich in antioxidants, contributes to reducing cellular aging and has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, which is why it is also very beneficial for the nervous and immune system, as well as to prevent anemia and improve the level of iron in the blood.