This article outlines the health benefits of caffeine free and antioxidant rich Rooibos as an immune booster and nutritional thirst quencher.

Stay away from caffeine
“Caffeine actually contributes to you feeling tired. A recent study has found that non-caffeine consumers were more alert upon waking than those who needed their daily morning fix. What the study concluded was that coffee is very good at curing the withdrawal effects of caffeine. The more caffeine you have, the more tired you get. If you cut caffeine, you’ll find you have more energy. A great replacement for your morning cuppa is Rooibos tea. It is ridiculously high in antioxidants and completely caffeine free,” says Patrick Holford in this edition of Spice4Life News.

Drink more water or herbal teas
“If you do nothing else,” Holford advises, “one of the best things you can do to improve your health is simply to drink more water or herbal teas. If you only drink when you are thirsty then you are already dehydrated and your body is suffering as a consequence. Chronic fatigue, headache, dry skin and dry joints – so you become more stiff and achy – are just some of the symptoms. The biggest problem is constipation and the single most common cause of this is not drinking enough water.”

Holford recommends drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water or herbal teas a day, with Rooibos listed as one of his highest recommendations. Rooibos is as effective as water for hydrating the body, but it has all the additional proven cancer-fighting, heart disease reducing and anti-ageing properties that water does not have.

Holford on Rooibos
Holford is quoted as saying: “Since redbush tea is naturally caffeine free, it’s untreated so every last one of its healthful polyphenols is preserved. The other thing that sets redbush apart from other teas is its low tannin content. Tannins are the polyphenols in black and green teas responsible for their stringent taste. Since redbush tea is low in tannin, it’s much smoother and milder tasting – no matter how long you steep it. Furthermore, its potent antioxidant content protects your body from free radicals. The antioxidants in redbush tea are called polyphenols. And it’s the catechins in the polyphenols that support your overall health and boost your immune system. Plus, these antioxidants are also thought to lower blood fat levels, which in turn help to support normal cholesterol levels.”