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Rooibos is the new kid on the block for tisanes. You will notice that I make this clarification first and foremost, that rooibos is a tisane as it is not really a tea. If you are not familiar with this term then just take a quick gander over here to find out what is a tisane . Now going forward I will actually be referring to it as a tea… blasphemy you say. No not really, if people want to read it knowing that it is truly not a tea but a tisane then that is cool. I just don’t want to come off as one of those people in tea shops that correct you every time you ask for a chamomile tea and then they have to say actaulllyyyyy it is a tisane…. So if you know that rooibos is a tisane, cool, if not now you do. If you don’t care either way then keep on reading to find out the truth about rooibos and caffeine !
Rooibos and Caffeine
Unlike most teas, rooibos has no caffeine in it. It may be news to you, but you should know that rooibos caffeine is not merely news, it is good news. It is good and safe for everybody, for people of all ages and in all conditions. There are many rooibos health benefits to the brew and in this article we will just quickly go over the lack of caffeine and leave the additional discussion for a later day!
It is more appropriate to state that rooibos is not a tea, but a tisane (an herbal infusion) since it does not come from the tea plant. Instead, this beverage comes from the rooibos plant. Rooibos is a shrub that grows only in the land of Cape Town, South Africa. Today, rooibos is gaining popularity around the world due to its unique qualities and benefits. It is also known as red tea because of the color of its leaves and the color of the resulting beverage. Rooibos is available in loose leaf packages or in teabags. It can be served hot or cold. Bottled rooibos are also available and are best served ice cold.
Caffeine during Pregnancy
Studies show that ingesting caffeine during pregnancy especially during the first three months of gestation has been linked to possible issues. Thais is why many turn to rooibos during pregnancy as there is no caffeine in the drink at all. Caffeine is present in beverages such as coffee, tea, and energy drinks. Rooibos has zero caffeine in it. Therefore, pregnant women can safely drink rooibos. Drinking rooibos has a relaxing effect for mothers and has a mild, sweet taste that can be enjoyed anytime.
Rooibos health benefits
Traditionally, rooibos has been used to treat infant colic. It is also used to alleviate constipation and remedy stomach problems such as nausea and vomiting. Rooibos can be safely taken by children, even infants. Since it has no caffeine, it does not cause palpitations and stomach irritation. Caffeine, when taken by children, can potentially cause hyperactivity which may later on cause children to develop fatigue and decreased attention span.
If caffeinated drinks can make you become alert, rooibos does the opposite. It helps you to be calm and feel relaxed. Drinking rooibos before bedtime can help you have a good night’s sleep. It could also save you from sleep disturbances and insomnia.
Moreover, coffees and teas contain tannins, chemical that block the absorption of iron. Rooibos contains very low tannins, in negligible amounts, even. Thus, rooibos can be safely drunk without having to worry about iron-deficiency anemia.
Now you’ve heard the good news about rooibos. Start making it a part of your lifestyle and share it to people who can potentially benefit from this information. Spread the good news!
And if you are ever wondering how to say rooibos don’t worry as I wrote a whole article for it so just take a read if it tickles your fancy.
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