“If a man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.” – Japanese proverb.
For thousands of centuries, people across the globe have been enjoying a good cup of tea, and for good reason. Numerous studies have shown the benefits and lasting effects of drinking tea. It’s been highlighted that a variety of teas may have a positive impact when it comes fighting inflammation and boosting the immune system. Some studies have even shown that their may be evidence in tea’s ability to ward off cancer and heart disease.
We all like to enjoy our tea a little differently. Some love it in the morning, while some enjoy it before bed. Some prefer their tea iced and sweet, others black and hot. Tea’s magic comes from a plant compound called polyphenols. These antioxidants are what gives tea its beneficial properties.
Antioxidants play a vital role in the human body. One of their primary functions is their ability to stop free radicals from damaging the cells in our body. They are also important for a healthy heart, which is why rooibos tea may provide cardiovascular benefits. It may also help keep cholesterol levels in check.
A Harvard-led study found that people who drink tea and coffee are at lower risk for diabetes and potentially other cardiovascular diseases. This is due to the polyphenols found in both. The research suggests that green tea offers some of the highest levels of antioxidants when compared to most other drinks or tea varieties.
“There doesn’t seem to be a downside to tea,” says American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Katherine Tallmadge. “I think it’s a great alternative to coffee drinking. First, tea has less caffeine. It’s pretty well established that the compounds in tea – their flavonoids – are good for the heart and may reduce cancer.”
Rooibos, or “redbush” comes from the Aspalathus linearis which is a plant native to us here in South Africa. This home grown favourite is packed with antioxidants. Rooibos is also caffeine free, making it a great option for nearly everyone.
“Tea is best when enjoyed in pleasant surroundings, whether indoors or out, where the atmosphere is tranquil, the setting harmonious.” – John Blofeld
There is nothing better than grabbing a cup of Rooibos with an old friend, someone you love or even if you just want to treat yourself! Join us at Kaylee’s for an experience you will not forget. Be sure to check out our wide variety of tea selection in Kaylee’s Market.