Rooibos Iced Tea

I love this tea hot or cold as it has low tannins, hence avoiding the astringency you get with most other teas. Rooibos (pronounced roy- boss in Afrikaans) also has no caffeine and it takes sweetener and milk. I have never looked back after trying this about two years ago; an amazing thirst quencher (and a potent source of health protective flavonoids) made by Mother Nature.

It’s the powdered extract of the Aspalatus Linearis plant which grows prolifically in South Africa. Remarkably, it’s a completely caffeine-free plant that nevertheless tastes like an amazing tea beverage or even a sports drink, simply by adding it to water and mixing in your favorite sweetener such as Truevia, Purevia or pure stevia. Rooibos, by the way, synergises extremely well with stevia. Even if you don’t normally like stevia, when mixed with Rooibos the flavour of the combination suddenly makes stevia far more delicious.

You can have it with or without milk; with lemon or some fruit juice, leaving out the milk. For example I thaw and squeeze some juice from fresh or thawed from frozen berries and add it to chilled Rooibos tea to make a refreshing iced tea.

Loaded with health supportive phytonutrients
In addition to the fact that Rooibos contains no caffeine, it’s loaded with phytonutrients such as Aspalathin, Quercetin and Luteolin. It also contains Orientin, Isoorientin, Vitexin, Isovitexin, Chrysoeriol, Catechin, Isoqurecetin, Hyperoside and Rutin. (You can look these up to see their supportive health benefits.)

No doubt some combination of these plant based nutrients  explains why Rooibos is such a powerful thirst quencher. I drank it almost every day throughout this warm summer we’ve had over the past few months, and I discovered this drink keeps you hydrated in a way that plain water simply doesn’t. No wonder so many professional football teams and sports enthusiasts are also discovering Rooibos to be a powerful, performance-enhancing sports drink.

Here is a simple recipe idea
Add boiling water to a teapot with at least two Rooibos tea bags and natural sweetener. Adjust the strength to suit by adding more bags if needed. Leave for 10 minutes to steep, then add a squeeze of lemon juice with sprigs of mint or natural fruit juice of your choice (I like berry juices) with or without vanilla extract. Transfer to a container and chill in the fridge until needed.

When needed, add ice to a glass and pour over the tea.

Delicious!

An Anti-Cancer Twist
The evidence to date suggests that cranberries have cancer prevention effects (1). The flavonols in the fruit berries have been seen to inhibit the growth and proliferation of breast, colon, prostate, lung and other tumours.

With this in mind, feel free to add some cranberry juice to your iced tea, but not the shop bought stuff. Make you own by blitzing some fresh or frozen cranberries in some water and using the juice to add to your iced tea mix.

References:
(1) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17182824

 

 

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