How to prepare a rooibos tea

The rooibos It consists of a very popular natural drink, which is made from the dried leaves of the plant Aspalathus linearis. As we see, therefore, it is not really a tea in itself fundamentally because the infusion is not made with the leaves of the tea plant -the Camellia sinensis-, but of a plant native to South Africa that truly belongs to the family of legumes (or Papilionáceas).

However, although it is a widely consumed beverage in the world, the truth is that today there are doubts about whether it is a useful and interesting option to, for example, become a substitute for tea and coffee, and above all, if we are faced with a drink whose consumption is one hundred percent sure.

The most common doubts: does it contain caffeine and theine? What are its contraindications and side effects? Can it be consumed in pregnancy?

Precisely for this main reason it is a drink that can be consumed safely during pregnancy, since it does not contain caffeine and also provides very few tannins, not interfering with the proper absorption of iron (essential for proper blood flow to the baby). That is to say, rooibos tea becomes an excellent substitute for tea during pregnancy.

In addition, it is a drink rich in natural antioxidants, as is the case of polyphenols, which help to combat the lowering of defenses so common during the first months of pregnancy, prevents the body of the future mother can reject the embryo, and also prevents spontaneous abortions occur.

But its qualities are not only interesting for pregnancy. Precisely that high content of antioxidants make it a useful beverage for prevent cardiovascular diseases, especially those caused by arteriosclerosis, helping even decrease high cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

It is also suitable for people with high blood pressure and for people with a tendency to anxiety and stress, precisely because it is a relaxing plant that also does not contain caffeine.

On the other hand, by not hindering the correct absorption of iron (and also be a rich drink in it), it can be consumed with absolute tranquility in those who have anemia.

The infusion is characterized by having a reddish coloration, a very soft and delicate aroma that you like very much, and a slightly sweet flavor. However, we must differentiate between the two varieties of rooibos that exist.

On the one hand we can find the red rooibos (which is the most common, which adopts its reddish coloration due to the oxidation suffered by its leaves during the fermentation process), and green rooibos (less popular, which retains its natural light green coloration because its leaves have not gone through the fermentation process).

If you want to enjoy a wonderful and exquisite cup of rooibos tea, it is true that its preparation is as simple as it is easy. And although, we must say, it is a drink known popularly with the name of tea, in reality it is an infusion.

How to make a rooibos tea

Ingredients needed:

  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of rooibos tea
  • 1 cup of water

Steps to prepare rooibos tea:

Put water in a saucepan and heat until it reaches the boiling point. Just at this time lower the heat so that it does not start to boil, add the rooibos in the indicated amount, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. After this time, strain and serve in a cup.

How much rooibos tea can I take per day while pregnant?

Like any other natural beverage and food, everything in excess is bad. On this occasion, it is considered safe to take between 1 to 3 cups of rooibos a day, never exceeding this amount.

And during pregnancy? How many cups can be taken safely?

If you want to enjoy rooibos tea during pregnancy you can take between 1 to 2 cups of this infusion a day. For example, an excellent option is to take one of those cups at midmorning and then the last before going to bed, since it is a natural drink with relaxing qualities, which will help you to better conciliate sleep and rest well. ThemesTea

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