Did you know rooibos has been scientifically proven to boost your immune system?
According to a spokesperson for the SA Rooibos Council, Adele du Toit, rooibos can help boost and nourish your immune system.
‘It is packed with polyphenols, which are micronutrients with antioxidant activity. Polyphenols act as scavengers of free radicals throughout the body, which are detrimental by-products of cell metabolism that can cause inflammation. Aspalatin – a unique antioxidant found only in rooibos tea, will help to boost immunity, whilst protecting the body against other illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes,’ she said.
Another important healing function of rooibos tea is that it keeps your body hydrated, which could deplete the body of fluids. When you’re ill, you tend to lose a lot of fluids from sweating (if you have a fever) and a raised metabolism as your body increases its internal level of activity to battle the infection. Since rooibos tea is 100% caffeine-free, it will keep you sufficiently hydrated. Sore throats and other aches and pains, that are characteristic of Covid19, could also benefit from rooibos tea. Drinking the tea will keep your throat moist and help to reduce irritation.
Lastly, rooibos also has a calming effect on the body, which could help to alleviate tension and thus promote better sleep, which is essential for getting over any illness.