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More than 10 reasons why rooibos is good for you

Today marks the first annual National Rooibos Day, which aims to raise awareness of the health benefits and many uses of rooibos tea.

Cup of rooibos tea

Rooibos tea has numerous health benefits.  ~


Many South Africans enjoy a cup of rooibos tea. And with good reason! Rooibos is packed with health benefits.

Rooibos gets its vibrant colour during the post-harvest fermentation process and contains no colourants or preservatives.

Today we celebrate the first annual National Rooibos Day, which aims to raise awareness of the health benefits and many uses of rooibos tea.

The following Health24 articles explain why rooibos tea is good for your health:

Can rooibos protect you from the effects of UVB exposure?

You can drink it hot or cold, in a cocktail or mocktail. The fact is, rooibos tea is a versatile brew. Researchers have discovered that rooibos extracts have the ability to remove precancerous damaged cells and also block the onset of inflammation from skin exposed to UV rays.

The health benefits of rooibos

Research shows that rooibos can help prevent cancer, protect the liver against disease, boost the immune system, relieve allergies and treat many disorders.

Rooibos – why it’s good for you

Made from the red bush trees that grow in the Cederberg, the medicinal value of rooibos is seemingly endless. It’s an excellent source of antioxidants: it’s packed with health-boosting polyphenols and contains a unique antioxidant called aspalathin.

Cups of rooibos tea on table

Can rooibos help you lose weight?

It turns out that one of the best kept weight-loss secrets could already be in your kitchen as research finds that just one cup of rooibos tea every day can help you lose as much as a kilo a month.

Rooibos tea could be a good way to prevent kids overeating

Most parents and teachers recognise that a child can’t learn on an empty stomach, but busy mothers packing lunchboxes often don’t give as much thought to hydration.

Child drinking rooibos tea

South African rooibos and honeybush teas could fight cancer

Your much-loved cup of rooibos or honeybush tea not only tastes great – research shows that it may help to ward off cancer too.

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