Nutrition

9 Proven Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea

Rooibos Tea in box

Rooibos tea has gained popularity in America in recent years, as many want to take advantage of its many proven health benefits. The tea comes from the shrub Aspalathus Linearis, which is only found on the slopes of Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. While locals have been drinking this tea for hundreds of years, it only began being commercially traded in 1904, according to WebMD. It has a mild and aromatic taste; however, most drink it for its plethora of health benefits.

It’s quite popular in Japan, Germany, Holland and England. According to WebMD, the tea has 50 times more antioxidants than green tea. These antioxidants are known to thwart free radicals in the body that can damage cells and cause cancer. It’s also rich in Vitamin C, low in tannins and may ease digestive problems. Other studies have shown the tea may help strengthen the bones and teeth preventing osteoporosis, fractures and other related illnesses. Many women in Japan drink this tea for its positive effect on the skin and hair. It has been known to clear skin of acne and prevent wrinkles. Because it’s caffeine free, it may be drunk without limit and won’t affect sleep cycles or cause insomnia as with some other popular teas. Finally, locals have even used it as a substitute for milk in colicky babies.


Give the Body a Boost
Anyone who has ever suffered from asthma, skin issues, eczema, insomnia, bone weakness or hypertension may want to consider drinking rooibos tea. The United States Department of Agriculture has confirmed many of the health benefits of drinking rooibos tea including its ability to reduce the risk of various types of cancer, heart disease and premature aging. It’s also a great tea to drink when suffering from stomach cramps or other digestive problems. Furthermore, the tea is rich in minerals that may help boost the immune system and keep the body healthy. It contains calcium, iron, potassium, copper, fluoride, manganese, magnesium, zinc and alpha hydroxy acid.

Rooibos Tea

  1. Anti-inflammatory
    Roobios tea is rich in polyphenols including aspalathin and nothofagin, which are two polyphenol antioxidants. These antioxidants help protect the body by fighting free radicals or unstable cells that attack healthy cells to stabilize themselves. The polyphenols in rooibos tea have anti-inflammatory properties, which assists in preventing heart related illnesses. Finally, the antiviral properties of polyphenols provide an added boost to the immune system, which helps protect the body from common colds, viruses and the flu.
  1. Relieves Hypertension
    Rooibos tea is a natural remedy to help relieve and prevent hypertension. It works by lowering the blood pressure. Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, occurs when too much blood is forced against the artery walls within the body. This may lead to health issues including heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about one-third of Americans suffer from hypertension. As a result, many people may benefit from drinking rooibos tea to assist with their hypertension.
  1. Aids the Respiratory System
    Rooibos tea is a bronchodilator. A bronchodilator is a substance that dilates the bronchi and bronchioles, and in doing so, it increases airflow to the lungs making breathing easier. With the decrease of resistance in the respiratory airway, drinkers of rooibos tea will get the added boost of preventing common cardiovascular diseases including atheroschelorsis and heart attacks. It may also help combat the symptoms of asthma.
  1. Good for the Bones and Teeth
    Rooibos tea is rich in several minerals including manganese, calcium and fluoride. These minerals promote healthy bones and teeth. As a result, drinking rooibos tea may help prevent common health conditions including joint pain, osteoporosis and arthritis. Manganese works by stimulating enzymes in the body used to help build more bone mass and repair damage. Fluoride is important when maintaining healthy teeth and is even found in most toothpastes and mouthwashes. Finally, calcium is important for healthy, strong bones and teeth.
  1. Boosts the Digestive Tract
    Rooibos tea is also rich in antispasmodic agents that activate potassium ions in the body. These agents help ease stomach cramps, abdominal pain and aid digestion. The tea may also be used as a natural remedy to irritable bowel syndrome. The antispasmodic agents help the digestive tract by smoothing out muscles in the gut. To get the most out of this effect, sufferers should drink a cup of this tea about 30 minutes prior to a meal they believe may trigger digestive problems.

Rooibos Tea in spoon

  1. Helps Prevent Type II Diabetes
    Rooibos tea contains aspalathin, which has a hypoglycemic effect on the body. Aspalathin is a rare type of antioxidant that helps balance blood sugar and improves insulin resistance in the body. It may also promote glucose absorption in the muscles. These effects may help prevent drinkers from developing type II Diabetes. This is because the nutrient prevents the spikes in blood sugar that may cause type II Diabetes. Those with a family history of diabetes may especially benefit from drinking this type of tea.
  1. Promotes Healthy Hair
    Rooibos tea is rich in several important minerals required for hair growth. This includes zin, calcium, copper and potassium. Regularly consuming rooibos tea may help increase hair growth and strengthen hair fibers, so hair grows healthy and strong. The tea may also help prevent hair loss, as its active ingredients help remove dead skin cells that may block hair follicles and prevent hair from growing. Furthermore, the anti-inflammatory effects of the tea may help relieve the symptoms of dandruff by soothing the scalp. The tea is rich in polyphenols, and these ingredients promote shiny, soft hair and protect against sun damage.
  1. Improves Blood Circulation
    Many Americans suffer from poor blood circulation, which may lead to serious health issues including a heart attack. Roobios tea contains chrysoeriols, which is a flavonoid with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This compound aids blood circulation and has been linked to reducing cholesterol. It does this by preventing the activity of certain enzymes that are known to trigger cardiovascular diseases.

Article by Aimable Johnson, from Dieting Well. Reprinted by permission.

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137 Comments

  • Reply
    Hilda
    February 10, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    I have a couple questions: Is there a right and/or wrong way to brew rooibos tea? Is one type more nutrient-packed than another? Presently, I have green, pure red, very berry, orange spice, and lemon hibiscus, in my cupboard.
    Thanks!

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    Gail
    February 13, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Per my Tea shop… 11/2 tsp per 6 oz for 6-8 min. When I make ice tea, I leave it in longer and pour over ice

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    eullar
    June 20, 2015 at 3:07 am

    I drink up the roiboos leaves as wel i feel great. My bowel movement is excellent and my hair and skin look wonderful at 55. I find swallowing the leaves something i cannot do without, hypertention treatment has been a thing of mouthtalk for the past 3years now. I improved from taking two different pills for HBP twice a day to taking nothing. I drink several cups of red roboos (swalloing the leaves) in a day as i also do not take fizzy or diluted beverages. I add milk ,put fresh lemon rings or take it plain. I don’t like sugar. I thank God for creating wonderful roboos every time i drink it. I ‘m up and about the entire day daylight time without feeling tired!

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    suryan
    July 26, 2015 at 2:38 am

    Eullar, did you cut the tea bags to brew your tea and drink the tea and leaves or did you buy loose tea leaves. It will be great if you can email me. Thanks

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    Mark
    August 8, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Eullar, I also have a question about the leaves as I have high blood pressure and don’t mind the taste of roboos tea. Do you cut the leaves up or just chew them and them swallow them? In other words what is the best way to eat the leaves? I would appreciate your reply if possible thanks from Mark.

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    Heather
    September 5, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Just open up the tea bag, put the contents into a mug and fill with water, then drink, including the leaves, swallow them whole or chew them up. Or just make a small hole in the tea bag so only a few leaves are able to escape.

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    Ntikoane Ramathe
    September 19, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Is there a need to add sugar in my tea

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      Nava
      September 20, 2015 at 8:47 am

      Not unless you want it for the taste, Nyikoane.

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    Raelene Tippins
    September 25, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Loved reading all the comments.
    Would like to know the best way to have the tea leaves.
    With Thanks Raelene

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    Azu
    October 12, 2015 at 10:38 am

    If I don’t drink a tea bag in a day I feel as if I want to fall sick; am I addicted or what?

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    Azu
    October 12, 2015 at 10:40 am

    If I dnt drink a tea bag a day I feel as if I wana fall sick

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    GilifredWho'djeezlethorpe
    October 26, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Azu, yes Rooibos tea is SO extremely potent and the world is so full of illness causing germs that missing one mere cup of Rooibos tea can result in one ‘falling sick’ by being infested with a myriad of viruses or bacteria.

    Were you able to score a nice bag of red tea so as to avoid running low on your stash in future and having to go cold turkey off the Rooibos? We can only hope and pray that your detox wasn’t long.

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    Bernadette Reynolds
    October 29, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Hi Everyone,
    I have just started drinking the Rooibos and love it. To gain the full benefits, on average how many tea bags or cups are recommended per day?
    Many Thanks.
    Bernadette

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    Alejandro
    November 22, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Rooibos tea has NOT significant quantity of minerals per serve.

    It basically contains polyphenol and other antioxidants.

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    RT
    November 23, 2015 at 5:05 am

    How many cups per day to benefit from this tea?

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    Phil
    December 3, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    I dont like Roobis at all I pretty much only drink Pu’er. My fav is mistypeakteas.com

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    Iain Hunt
    December 14, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    The health benefits of this tea, must be part of a healthy and varied diet. The antioxidants present can be added along with a multi hit and mineral supplement and a diet that is termed healthy : low sat fat,healthy unsaturated fats etc. No reason why you are limited to the amount you want; it’s all good.

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    Heatner
    December 27, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I was wondering if this is safe to drink while pregnant.

    • Reply
      Nava
      December 27, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      Hello – with these kinds of questions, it’s always best to consult with your practitioner. Best to be on the safe side!

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    Gaynell Buckley
    December 28, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Finding this tea was like winning the lottery. I am so glad i seen a article on this tea. And to know it’s better than any green tea out there. I been drinking green tea every day for the last 7 years. And read about Rooibos and ran to the health food store and bought it today on 12/28/15

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    Kazzy
    January 3, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Hi to all, l have have just started drinking Rooibos Chai tea made by Kintra foods it is organic and caffeine free and tastes great.lam in Australia and got it from IGA.

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    Bernadette
    January 5, 2016 at 6:29 am

    hi

    is Rooibos tea any help in weight loss

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    Nancy
    January 5, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    How many cups a day for health affects? Nancy

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    Nancy
    January 5, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    yes send me news letter. Thanks

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    Shyam
    January 5, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    Yesterday i accidentally had a cup of Roibos tea during the day and guess what? I had a solid 8 hours sleep after several years of sleeping 4-6 hrs. I’m now discovering the health benefits of this wonderful tea.

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    Monicca
    January 8, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Hi everyone,can i drink rooibos tea to loss weight?thnx #monicca

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    Ignatius
    January 12, 2016 at 9:51 am

    As a long-time rooibus drinker, I would also recommend green rooibus for some variety. Red rooibus is darker due to it being dried and processed. Green is the same plant as Red, but not pre-dried. I consume both red and green (sometimes together). Some claim green is actually better for you, but I don’t think you can go wrong with either variety. Enjoy!

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    Sasha
    January 17, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    I drink rooibus and vanilla tea with 2 and a half spoons of sugar with the bag left in and oh my God it tastes so amazing and the fact that there are so many heath benefits from drinking it is awesome

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    Ramzi Abdullah
    February 7, 2016 at 5:56 am

    I read somewhere that raibos tea also has some estrogenic properties. is it true?

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    Marc
    February 8, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Sources?

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    Bob
    February 12, 2016 at 3:28 am

    As a 70 year old male I’m concerned about how the estrogenic boost of rooibos tea will effect my testosterone levels.

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    Nancy
    February 21, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Had first cup of rooibus tea this evening and it’s WONDERFUL. Flavored with a little Stevia and it tastes heavenly. Can one become sick if you drink too much rooibus?

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    denny
    February 22, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    is all this true about eating the leaves

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    Patricia Love
    February 22, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    I have some Orange Roiboos Green tea. Is there a difference in the red and green. I researched this and was brought to this site. Also, is there a shelf life for this or any other teas

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    Fikile
    February 26, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Just started rooibos,I have BP can rooibos help on reducing wait

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    michelle
    February 28, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    I have been drinking 2-3 cups of rooibos tea each day for the past few months. It is amazing! I don’t catch colds and my skin looks great.

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    Giovanni
    March 3, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    I am going to order this tea tomorrow. I am glad I found it.

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    Graham
    March 7, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Rooibis tea is alkaline which is great for our bodies, so if you are drinking it for its alkaline benefits, do not add sugar as sugar promotes inflammation…..effectively negating the alkaline benefits Rooibos tea provides

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    gigi
    March 14, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    I read in these comments that rooibos tea could have esterogen properties in it.I need to know one way or the other as I had estrogen related breast cancer amd must avoid anything estrogen related in my diet.Piease respond.

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      Nava
      March 14, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      Gigi, you should definitely consult with your health care professional. But for now, better to be safe, and use a different herbal tea.

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    Annie
    March 19, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    I am new to tea. A friend gave me Tea Guys, Pumpkin Caramel & Cinnamon. Main ingredient is Rooibos. Also others, a couple of herbs, spices and pumpkin seeds. Am I getting much benefit of the Rooibos? It was delicious.Thank you!

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    Kris
    March 25, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Can I drink it while I’m pregnant?

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    Bushra
    March 30, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Kris , Yes you could it is even safe for children

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    MICHAEL
    April 5, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    WHERE CAN I GET THE ROOIBOIS TEA.

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    Vic Stathopoulos
    April 11, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    I bought some Rooibos Citronnelle Chinoise in Quebec in Canada and it tastes really nice. The lady in the tea shop recommended it to me. Thanks for the info on this page, I never realised it had so many benefits.

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    Christopher
    April 13, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Amazing – loved this page. Thank you Aimable Johnson and Nav Atlas.

    @Michael, you can buy Rooibos Tea on Amazon.com. There are loads there. The best options in my opinion are the pure Rooibos teas… not those with added bits of fruit…. (which you could do at home).

    Several asked about the optimum amount of tea to drink in a day. From the research I made it’s 6 cups a day. More won’t harm you.

    I found this other site only yesterday on Google while searching for Rooibos tea benefits… go here… aghh I can’t find it now, but it’s name was Rooibos Rocks… it certainly does!

    It’s just an awesome drink.

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    Terand
    April 18, 2016 at 10:48 am

    In Britain there is a tea readilly available in supermarkets called “Redbush”.Is this the same as Rooibos Tea?

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      Nava
      April 18, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      Terand, hope you saw Nick’s response that Roibos is the same as Redbush. As far as the Thermogenic benefits, I don’t have enough knowledge to comment on that at all.

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    Nick
    April 18, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Yes Roibos tea is the same as Redbush. Just another name for it. I am also in the UK & bought a box from Tesco.
    I also read somewhere a few days ago about Thermogenic benefits from Roibos which helps with weight loss. Can anyone else confirm that?

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    Cheslyn
    May 1, 2016 at 4:11 am

    Hey Everyone, im from Cape Town South Africa nice read,thought i would share some input redbush is the direct translation from rooibos which is in afrikaans also Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis), pronounced roy-bosh, is a shrub-like bush with soft needle-like leaves. It grows only in the ruggedly beautiful Cederberg coastal mountains of South Africa, a protected World Heritage site some 200km north of Cape Town. It flourishes here because of the unique combination of climate and the specific PH balance of the region’s well-drained, sandy soil — all attempts to grow it beyond the magnificent Cederberg have failed.
    Contrary to popular belief, Rooibos is not a herb, but rather part of the indigenous Fynbos family. In the spring the plants put out tiny, yellow, pea-like flowers. Like all good teas the best flavour comes from plants grown at a higher altitude.

    Regards
    Cheslyn

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    SIDNEY COAD WILLIAMS
    May 1, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    I BREW A COMBINATION OF REDBUSH TEA AND GREEN TEA IN ORDER TO GET THE BENEFIT OF BOTH TEAS. BOTH TEAS ARE HIGH IN NUTRIENTS. CHECK MY PROFILE ON GOOGLE AND MY TWO VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE.

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    Rosemary
    May 6, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    I started drinking RedBush tea a few months ago. I’m reading here where it can help prevent Type II diabetes. I learned just week that I have Type II diabetes. 🙁

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    Fauzia Taylor
    May 14, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    I have been drinking Rooibos for 22 years and i will tell you i look 10 years younger and feel amazing as all the health problems I have growing up as a child have been more manageable since i started taking it..heart murmur, Asthma, fatigue, and many more it is not a cure it is something to boost and help with your condition what ever it is…it will help..and remember everyone is different so its effects can be immediate or long term but I know it works..and as for the dose i have it every day as many cups as i want and i love it if i am addicted to it what harm is it doing when it is so good for you…if you havent tried it then do so and you will know how i feel..

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    Juan Miguel @Different Types of Tea
    May 25, 2016 at 5:08 am

    I’ve never had rooibos tea but it’s good to know that it’s packed with health benefits. Maybe I’ll try it someday.

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    Claudia J.
    June 1, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    It’s really good as iced tea, I drink a quart quite often

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    Dominique Caron
    June 9, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    We love rooibos tea been drinking for a few years. We love it before bed plain and simple

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    C. Greenland
    June 19, 2016 at 8:46 am

    I’ve been drinking rooibos tea for over 5 years and am amazed at the benefits it has given to me. The overall effect has been transformative.

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    Blanca
    June 19, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    I suffer from allergies and it was recommended to help alleviate them. I just started drinking it for about a week now and it taste good with our any sugars. I am reading all about it and look forward to some allergy relief.

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    Farrah
    June 22, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    I thought fluoride was bad for you is there a natural or a human made fluoride? are different… sorry if the question sounds stupid I am still learning about tea’s

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    Jeanette
    June 25, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Which one is the best there r so much

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    Carey
    June 28, 2016 at 7:56 am

    I am curious about fluoride. Is it natural in the tea or added? Where would u buy a raw version to brew?

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    David
    June 29, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    The fluoride is natural and yes fluoride is bad when ingested. I drink a lot of Rooibos regardless as I think the benefit outweighs the negatives.

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    Dr Chinwe Onuselogu
    July 30, 2016 at 5:18 am

    I Have started drinking rooibos tea about a month ago and I have seen a lot of improvements in my body.In fact,my skin is glowing and I am looking younger than my age.Thanks to rooibos tea.

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    John
    August 3, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Flouride is a poison no matter how it occurs, for me it’s the only reason why I don’t drink Rooibos every day.

    It is a great tea though and I do enjoy it several times a week. As I don’t like caffeine it’s a nice option as a hot beverage on cold mornings.

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    precoous nondywana
    August 6, 2016 at 3:26 am

    I only started to drink rooibos last momth. I am enjoying the taste of rooibos

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    Lauren
    August 12, 2016 at 4:08 am

    Rooibos tea is my life! I simply have to have a cup every single morning and in the evening before bed. I use the ingredients inside the sachet as a facial as I mix it with coconut oil and apply it to my face and keave for 10mins then rinse. Most amazing thing ever. i suggest drinking rooibos to anyone from all ages!!!! From a baby to a senior. Love love love all its benefits to my skin and healthy digestive system.

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    Jeannette
    August 13, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Last week I stumbled upon Rooibos- tea while browsing on the healthy living tips website. I ordered 8oz because my hair is falling at an alarming rate, and I read the tea helps regrow hair.I\’m still waiting for my order.

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    Kelly
    August 15, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Farrah, I am a dental hygienist. No, fluoride is not bad for you. I have several patients who, unless they brushed with fluoridated toothpaste, drank fluoridated water, and took a fluoride supplement, would not have teeth at all because they have an enamel defect. Fluoride is good for prevention of dental decay as well. Just like Tylenol is good for headaches. You just don’t take the whole bottle! 😉 A person would have to injest a whole bathtub full of water without excreting any of it, in order to die from drinking fluoridated water. But by then, they would have died from drowning themselves before the fluoride in the water.

    About Rooibos, I just started drinking it and I saw one girl says she sprays her hair with it every day. She’s a redhead like me, so I’ve also started doing that. Can’t wait to enjoy the benefits of nice skin and hair among all the other benefits!

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    Hello
    August 16, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Ummm, yep, Fluoride IS B A D for you.

    It makes teeth harder, but brittle.

    It also, when ingested, mottles teeth with white spots (“Fluorosis”) very common in todays children…

    It also damages bones and helps to create brittle bone disease…-osteoporosis, as well as encrusts your pituitary gland…not good stuff!

    Google this info! RESEARCH helps to find the truth…

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    Princess Lynakolyns
    August 30, 2016 at 4:39 am

    You all better tell the truth about everything. Is Rooibos Tea healthy for human consumption?

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    Debby
    August 31, 2016 at 3:14 am

    I use it as a natural face toner every morning. Steep 2 tea bags in a coffee mug then leave in the fridge. I use until the cup is finished. I leave the tea bags in the cup.
    It really helped clear blackheads & pimples. It helped with dryness. My skin looked more radient after a few days. I also wash my face with organic honey. I will never use anything else on my face! Great combination.

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    Humerosity Man.
    September 16, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    This tea is truly amazing. I have been drinking it for 1000’s of years, and I am beginning to believe it will give you eternal life!

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    Sue
    September 28, 2016 at 9:04 am

    I drink the roobis tea at night for my restless legs, don’t know what I would do without it!! Glad to read about all of the other benefits

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    Fred
    October 2, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    started drining it while living in Swaziland- cam back to the states and drink one cup a day
    Dr.Oz featered it as corresponding to weight loss

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    HM
    October 3, 2016 at 12:02 am

    I got a box of this tea from someone who knows I love tea. I was hesitant since the box mentioned a hit of vanilla even though the tea was the only ingredient. I took one sip and was moaning with pleasure. After about five minutes of saying, ” Oh my gosh this tea is SO good!” after every sip I left my annoyed husbands side to research what in the world I was drinking. I’m so happy to see not only is it fabulous, it has so many benefits. Really sad to read it has fluoride. I’m anti fluoride and I am cavity free WITHOUT fluoride in my toothpaste and water.

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    Barbara Moras
    October 10, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    I am a dental hygienist, I have thyroid issues from hyper to hypo and do not use fluoride. Read Dr. Mercola’s article on Fluoride and it should answer all your questions. However I am going to try the tea and see how I feel. If you are looking for something to prevent cavities look up xylitol.

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    Stacy Russell
    October 19, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I just bought this type of tea this week. It looks like it is beneficial but I will have to research more about the fluoride.

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    Jen
    October 27, 2016 at 3:53 am

    I just started drinking rooibos tea hoping it will help my sinus condition (it was recommended for this at the Earth Clinic site). I did a search on fluoride in rooibos, and found this:

    “Unless the tea has been irrigated with fluoridate water (rooibos, green, black etc)you do NOT have to worry about the fluoride content. This is a big scare tactic perpetuated over the last few years with bad information. A lot of the articles claim they contain sodium fluoride but this is not true. Sodium fluoride is a waste product and must be deliberately added to water. What occurs in nature is calcium fluoride. Almost NONE is absorbed and what is absorbed is actually good for bones/teeth. Of course, anything in excess can be harmful but there is no real reason to be afraid of tea.”

    Sounds good to me.

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      Nava
      October 27, 2016 at 9:29 am

      Great info, thanks, Jen —

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    Sash Quatch
    November 1, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    I brew some rooibos (tropical flavour) and then wait until it cools and use that in my morning smoothie. It adds a little extra flavour than just using water and a lot of extra benefits.

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    Rute Gomes
    November 7, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    How many times a week should I take the tea?

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    Kat
    November 12, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    XYITOL IS POSIONOUS TO DOGS AND SOME OTHER ANIMALS! PLEASE be aware that even a tiny bit of Xyitol can kill a dog and dispose of very carefully!

    Anyone know if rooibos has any toxicity for other than human animals?

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    Eva
    November 13, 2016 at 6:56 am

    I just bought my rooibos tea and i really like the taste…. hoping soon the good benefits of it….

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    Deb
    November 17, 2016 at 5:34 am

    The pumpkin spice rooibos from trader Joe’s is fantastic

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    Cherie Baker
    November 22, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Where do I buy rooibus tea?

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    Ilana
    November 23, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    I’ve been drinking rooibos since I was an infant. I’m 34 years old and I’m alive and well. No health issues whatsoever and my dentist says my teeth are in perfect condition. Just do it.

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    Tammy
    November 25, 2016 at 10:44 am

    I just tried the Rooibos tea from Costco, it’s the good earth brand and it us awesome! The smell is amazing as well as the taste!

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      Nava
      November 27, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      Thanks for the tip, Tammy!

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    Sakie
    December 9, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    There are dangerous things that people drink on daily basis such as alcohol. There is no harm in drinking rooibos tea. My grandfather has been drinking rooibos tea for many years without problems.

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    Cathy
    December 10, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    I buy my Rooibos tea at http://www.chelmsfordtea.com, plain Rooibos as well as many great and natural flavors.

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    Linda
    December 13, 2016 at 11:21 am

    I like roiboos tea, but my favorite is Oolong tea :d I also found great reviews about tea on http://teareview.net/

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    Brian Stump
    December 26, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Tasty… unfortunately, really gave my liver a whack. I’m probably a rare case.
    Oh well.

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    Nick
    December 27, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    The article says ‘proven’ benefits. Do you have any links to the peer-reviewed papers in medical journals to support any of these claims? Thank you…

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    Nick
    December 27, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    The fact is that most of these benefits are unconfirmed. See more here https://examine.com/supplements/rooibos/

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    Judi
    December 28, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    I have insomnia due to environmental illness and chemical sensitivities. I discovered quite by accident that rooibos tea helps me sleep, because whenever I happened to drink a cup in the evening, I slept better. Now I drink it intentionally most nights. I have no idea what in the tea helps me sleep, but I am so happy I discovered it!

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    Cathy
    December 30, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Just tried my first cup of rooibos tea and I really like it, however was alarmed to see fluoride as an ingredient. I don’t do fluoride. Is this a nature occurring substance from the plant or added? Please be honest!

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      Nava
      December 30, 2016 at 11:07 am

      Hi Cathy. this is a really good question! The brand I use, Numi, doesn’t actually list fluoride as an ingredient because a small amount of naturally occurring fluoride is one of the minerals contained in this tea, much the same way as calcium and magnesium. I do find it odd that it’s listed as an ingredient, though. The naturally occurring fluoride is probably very different than the sodium fluoride added to drinking water and toothpastes — yet has similar benefits of protecting the bones and teeth. Do a google search on “rooibos tea fluoride” but do be aware that there is a lot of misinformation on the web. Compare several articles, and make the decision you feel is right for you!

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    Rooibos NE
    January 7, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Its a great tea. Started drinking it while in S.A. and continued it when back in the states. I have been drinking it on a regular basis. Atleast 2-3 times per day for the last 8 years. Apart from great taste, it helps me sleep better.

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    Annie
    January 15, 2017 at 2:40 am

    Just read up on this today
    I am a green tea fanatic
    Really looking forward to giving this rooibos tea a trial

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    chaka
    January 19, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    I started drinking this tea and now my liver enzymes are high. My doctor seems to think it is this tea!! She has asked me to stop drinking it and will be retesting my blood. Noticed another reader said he had liver issues too. Anyone else had this problem??

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    Grace
    January 22, 2017 at 12:30 am

    I love tea in general but caffeine gives me a feeling of anxiety with heart palpitations. Roobois is my tea to go to. The flavor is awesome. I drink at least once a day. I guess that’s why I never seem to age!!

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    Christine Charland
    January 27, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    I love this tea, I put TWO bags in a coffee cup and leave them both in the cup whilst I drink it. I drink it everyday, I’m 78 and see my doctor ONCE a year for check-ups!
    CHEERS!

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    linda baird
    January 29, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    i love love this tea, i drink at least 3-4 cups a day, and always one before i go to bed it seems to relax me and i fall right to sleep.i am 66 years old and people tell me all the time i do not look that old, what makes me feel good.

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    Connie
    February 3, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    how long does it take to do all this?

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    mike
    February 4, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Long time reader, first time commenter, here! I’m 25, drink rooibos tea more often than I used to and am looking fantastic! Thanks for reading!

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    jackyr
    February 5, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    that is some badass tea
    a very soothing flavor
    quite enjoyable

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    Vivian Feen
    February 8, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    My husband and I love it! I need to find out where to purchase it. Starbucks ended its relationship with Oprah’s tea…I’ll find it!

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      Nava
      February 8, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      Vivian, I get Numi Rooibos Tea at my local natural foods store … I’m sure you could find it on Amazon.com or other online outlets as well.

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    Thomas
    February 9, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    That is some badass tea

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    Cam Fielding
    February 11, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Stash makes a chai version that is great! I found it at Wal-Mart.

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    Amanda
    February 13, 2017 at 2:04 am

    Steeped tea has some really good rooibos selections

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    Marina Tsokur
    February 14, 2017 at 8:58 am

    I just found Arbor Teas, an organic tea company in Michigan. They sell all kind of organic teas. Their rooibos Tea is excellent. They sell loose leaf teas. And that is the best kind!

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    Lara Bastenson
    February 14, 2017 at 11:49 am

    I love to mix Roiboos tea with lemon…this is something I started to use instead of coffee

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    Dave
    February 20, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Rooibos is great!

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    Tammie Robertson
    February 21, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    I just bought some at Walmart. Boil for 6 minutes add honey and drink. Simple.

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    Tammie Robertson
    February 21, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Rooibos tea at Walmart.

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    Lyndon La Douce
    March 4, 2017 at 5:36 am

    Just a correction to the introduction. Rooibos tea only grows in a very specific region in the Western Cape South Africa, it’s found in a region called the Cederberg. This tea is so phenomenal yet the people in that region are so poor. It’s really sad that something so phenomenal does not create the kind of wealth one would expect. A good tip is to pop 8 tea bags in your bath water, absolutely brilliant for the skin.

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      Nava
      March 4, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks for this info, Lyndon — very interesting and useful!

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    mike
    March 5, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    I also love it and drink it but only at night. It makes me sleep.

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    Ros
    March 6, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    What can I say about Rooibos, it is my cure for many things: Put 2 bags of rooibos into a heat resistant jug, fill up with hot water and leave to cool. Put it in the fridge. You can then use it for many things. I use it as a face cleanser every day, I don’t wash it off. Many people remark at how good my skin looks and I haven’t had any problems with pimples since doing this. I have been doing this for many many years now. For hair, after washing and conditioning pour rooibos onto your scalp, don’t rinse. I have coloured red hair and it makes the colour look good and keeps the hair in good condition. It does help with dandruff and hair loss. For mouth ulcers gargle with it, the ulcers go for very quickly. Lastly for animals with weepy eyes put a bit of rooibos on cotton wool and wipe the eyes do this 3 times a day and it quickly disappears. My family thinks I am crazy but it really works for many things and it is my go to miracle curer.

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    Leigh AnneChorzempa
    March 19, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Celestial Seasonings sells it. There is a picture 0f a Lion drinking tea from a tea cup. But, they only stock it around the first of the year in Sandpoint Idaho. Super 1 and yokes has carried it. I now stockpile it so I can have it through out the year.

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    Kelly
    March 23, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    I get organic Red Rooibos from Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary. Great service and people with wonder-filled herbs! I used to get it from Mountain Rose Herbs but it’s more costly as I’m in Canada. I mix the Red Rooibos with Rose Hips and Hibiscus. It’s delicious hot or cold. and super healthy!

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    Pierre
    March 30, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Dispite all the benifits there appears to be some drawbacks: http://bit.ly/1w0V3DB
    Since rooibos is so powerful, it can interfere with treatments for various conditions, including chemotherapy for cancer patients. it might not be a good idea to use if you have a hormone-sensitive cancer like breast cancer. Finally, if you have existing kidney or liver conditions, rooibos might be more harmful than helpful. It should be used as a preventative measure for these conditions, not a cure.

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    Beth Meier
    April 6, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    I am going to be a first time user this evening. I bought it mainly for inflammation. I was going to have my husband try it also, but he has very low blood pressure due to medications. If you have low blood pressure you mostly should not be using rooibos.

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    A
    April 9, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Fluoride is not a mineral the body uses. Fluoride is a toxin.

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    Denise
    April 16, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    I just love the taste. Had no idea it had so many health benefits. I make ice tea during the day and have a hot cup at night. I do sleep a lot better now that I have added it to my nightly routine and I have had problems sleeping for as long as I can remember. Hope it benefits the hair as indicated as my hair has been thinning a lot lately. My favorite is African Solstice from Teavanna but I drink “my red tea” Organic rooibos because it is more budget friendly (from Amazon) and they give a percentage f profits back to the farming community.

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    Rebecca
    May 31, 2017 at 2:57 am

    Fascinating article! I have just started drinking Roobois in combo with a losse leaf raspberry mix – as my Gp has advised against regular tea due to migranes. Please can somebody tell me at what temperature it should be heated ideally? I don’t want to pastorise it. Thank you.

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    Frank J Smith
    June 12, 2017 at 2:24 am

    Hi, Thanks for sharing the health benefits of Rooibos Tea. I was always having the green tea and was aware of its benefits. Looks like Rooibos Tea is much better than green tea. Will try this.

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    Madelin
    June 19, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Fluoride is actually good for oral health. Our body needs a certain amount of fluoride to prevent demineralisation of our tooth enamel which causes cavities this is why they add fluoride to drinking water, milk, salt, toothpaste etc

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    Janine
    August 4, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Being South African i grew up drinking this tea, all i can say is that it most definitly has helped me all my life. As a teenager my skin was spotless and clear, i never suffered from cellulite and even now as an adult and Mom of two – my daily routine never excludes rooibos. Other than that its great for traeting eye infections in infants as well as nappy rash!

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    Darlene Lucero
    August 15, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Well, I just got the Rooibos tea, I’m looking forward to try it. I hear good things about Rooibos Tea. I hope it works for my anxiety and my weight. And my other health issues.

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    Deanna Proper
    September 4, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Wow! I didn’t know that Rooibos had more antioxidants than green tea! I also didn’t know that it was good for calming. I used to drink it but then started drinking more coffee than teas. This article and the comments have convinced me that I need to go back to drinking tea. I will keep everyone posted on my progress.

    Thanks everyone.

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    JM
    December 12, 2017 at 3:53 am

    Great benefits. Does it happen to everyone but when I drink it, I pee a lot. Is it a good thing or not?

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    Rhonda
    February 18, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    I love all of the benefits. I just started drinking it and can’t wait to start looking hunger also my cat has been having weepy eyes so I will try the tea on him. I was feeling yucky these days but drinking the rooibos I’m feeling better

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    Elsa Anderson
    March 30, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    I have always loved drinking hot drinks like tea, but I had no idea that rooibos tea has so many health benefits! I like that you say it is anti-inflammatory as well as revealing hypertension. Also, I did not know that it contains calcium and fluoride that will help to promote healthy bones and teeth. Thank you for sharing these benefits!

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    Mabby
    May 31, 2018 at 9:14 am

    I could not find on WebMD where “the tea has 50 times more antioxidants than green tea. These antioxidants are known to thwart free radicals in the body that can damage cells and cause cancer.” Entered Rooibus into the search produced no results.

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    Ignatius
    August 29, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Wow that’s great article. I specially want to thanks Vegkitchen.com as well as Aimable Johnson to provide such an informative article. I have drunk several time rooibos tea but it was not known to me about the positive effect of rooibos tea. Specially I did not know that who has ever suffered from asthma, skin issues, eczema, insomnia, bone weakness or hypertension may want to consider drinking rooibos tea. So I can suggest someone who never know about the positive thing of rooibos tea.
    Thanks

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