In a recent survey, one-third of South Africans cited Rooibos tea among their top three colds and flu fighting strategies.
A survey conducted by a leading health firm showed that South Africans’ first reaction to a cold is to take Vitamin C, get enough rest, and take Rooibos mixed with honey, lemon and/or ginger. But, can drinking Rooibos really help you get over your cold quicker? Studies suggest that Rooibos has potent antioxidant, antiviral and immunomodulating effects, which enhances the body’s natural defence system.
Rooibos is packed with polyphenols, which are micronutrients with antioxidant activity. Polyphenols act as scavengers of free radicals throughout the body. Aspalatin and nothafagin are two vital antioxidants found in Rooibos, making it a great beverage to boost immunity.
It is also important to drink plenty of caffeine-free liquids to stay hydrated when you have a cold or flu. Caffeinated drinks – such as coffee, Ceylon tea and energy drinks – should be avoided since caffeine is a diuretic, which can deplete your body of fluid. Rooibos, on the other hand, is completely caffeine-free.
Furthermore, Rooibos’ calming effect on the body could also help to alleviate tension and thus promote better sleep, which is essential to get over a cold.
If you are struggling with a sore throat, feeling congested or simply miserable, try the following Rooibos remedies:
SPICY ROOIBOS DRINK
• A cup of strong Rooibos
• 1 tsp of lemon
• 1 tsp of honey
• ½ tsp of preferably fresh ginger (try a full tsp if it is not too strong for you)
• A pinch of cayenne pepper
Pour boiling water into a cup or mug, add one Rooibos teabag and let it steep for at least 5 to 6 minutes. Add a teaspoon of lemon, honey, ginger and a pinch of cayenne pepper. (If you prefer something cold, make your own herbal ice lollies or ice chips using the same Rooibos tea combination as above.)
ROOIBOS, STRAWBERRY AND ORANGE SMOOTHIE
Ingredients for one serving:
• 1 – 2 Rooibos tea bags
• 125 ml boiling water
• 225 g frozen strawberries
• ½ a peeled and chopped orange
• 125 g silken tofu
• 1 tbsp vanilla protein powder
• 1 tsp liquid honey, optional
Put the Rooibos bags in a teapot or heatproof jug and pour over the water. Steep for 8 to 10 minutes, then remove the bag. Leave to cool.
Put the tea, berries, tofu and protein powder into a blender and process until smooth. Sweeten to taste with honey and pour into glasses. Serve immediately.
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