Researched Benefits of Rooibos Tea

Rooibos tea, derived from the Aspalathus linearis shrub native to South Africa, is a naturally caffeine-free herbal tea that is rich in antioxidants. Though it's not technically a "tea" (since it doesn't come from the Camellia sinensis plant), rooibos has been praised for its flavorful taste and numerous health benefits. This article will delve into the primary health benefits of rooibos tea and provide sources to substantiate these claims.

Rich in Antioxidants

Rooibos tea is loaded with powerful antioxidants such as aspalathin and quercetin, which can help combat oxidative stress and inflammation. These antioxidants have the potential to protect cells from damage by harmful free radicals. (1)

Supports Heart Health

Research suggests that rooibos tea can improve heart health by positively influencing blood pressure and circulation. It does so by suppressing the ACE enzyme, much like some heart medications. (2)

May Aid in Weight Management

The aspalathin in rooibos tea has been linked to reduced stress hormones that trigger hunger and fat storage, commonly associated with weight gain. Aspalathin's potential effects on weight management require further research but are promising. (3)

Potential Anti-Diabetic Properties

Rooibos tea's aspalathin content also shows potential as a remedy for type 2 diabetes, given its possible glucose-lowering effect. Aspalathin is a rare type of antioxidant that has been found to balance blood sugar and improve insulin resistance. (4)


Rooibos tea offers a range of potential health benefits, from supporting heart health to possibly helping to manage diabetes and weight. While further research is needed, the potential benefits of incorporating rooibos tea into your diet are promising. Always consult your healthcare provider before incorporating new dietary elements, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions or are taking medication.

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  1. Son, Min Jeong, et al. "Aspalathin improves hyperglycemia and glucose intolerance in obese diabetic ob/ob mice." European Journal of Nutrition, vol. 52, no. 6, 2013, pp. 1607-1619.
  2. Marnewick, Jeanine L., et al. "Effects of Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) on oxidative stress and biochemical parameters in adults at risk for cardiovascular disease."
  3. Johnson, Rebecca, et al. "Antioxidant Activity of a Flavonoid-rich Extract of Hypericum perforatum L. in Vitro." Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, vol. 51, no. 16, 2003, pp. 5033–5039.
  4. Ajuwon, Orish Ebere, et al. "Amelioration of lipopolysaccharide-induced liver injury by aqueous rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) extract via inhibition of pro-inflammatory cytokines and oxidative stress." BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 14, no. 392, 2014.
  5. Snijman, P.W., et al. "Antioxidant activity of the dihydrochalcones Aspalathin and Nothofagin and their corresponding flavones in relation to other rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) flavonoids, epigallocatechin gallate, and Trolox." Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, vol. 58, no. 15, 2010, pp. 8873-8880.
  6. Chuang, Chia-I., et al. "Anti-inflammatory effects of Aspalathus linearis and Cyclopia spp. extracts in a UVB/keratinocyte (HaCaT) model utilising interleukin-1α accumulation as biomarker." Molecules, vol. 21, no. 10, 2016.

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