If you are expecting to be a mum or you know a pregnant woman, you are well aware that some foods and beverages aren’t completely safe during pregnancy. This includes coffee because of high caffeine content. What about tea? There is no novelty that some teas can also contain caffeine. The amount depends on the type of tea you choose.
Not all teas are grown in the same way, and some are almost as strong as coffee. Therefore, we can adhere to the general rule that apply both to coffee and tea. Caffeine intake should be reduced to 200 mg per day during pregnancy. In case of coffee, you will drink as much caffeine with 2 large cups. Caffeine can affect blood pressure, so it is undoubtedly dangerous to exceed that amount of caffeine. So, is which tea is ok to drink during pregnancy? You will be safe drinking rooibos tea during pregnancy.
Rooibos Tea during Pregnancy
In South Africa rooibos means ‘red shrub’, but although it is red color tea, it is actually green before fermentation. Rooibos tea has been used by African bushmans for centuries, but today scientists have recognized its healing power.
They have found that red tea contains most of the antioxidants among all natural sources, including aspalathin, which is found exclusively in this type of tea. We can easily compare rooibos tea powers on a human body with green tea.
Another advantage of rooibos tea is that it doesn’t contain caffeine, so we can drink it as much as we want throughout the day. It is also suitable for pregnant women, nursing mothers, older people and children as a non-caffeinated tea. Because it contains substantially less tannins than green and black teas, it allows easy iron absorption.
It is also excellent as a supplement for nursing mothers. Many people call this tea as mother’s miracle due to the beneficial influence on mothers. It calms both mother and the baby and at the same time soothes his intestinal cramps. You can drink as much rooibos tea as you want no matter if you are pregnant or not.
Rooibos Tea Alleviates Stomach Problems
Many people who enjoy industrially processed food suffer from a number of digestive disorders that people in other parts of the world don’t know due to healthy eating habits. Processed foods won’t do well to your digestive system. Especially pregnant women should avoid it as the effects of this food will affect fetus as well.
Rooibos tea contains a high level of flavonoids; therefore it promotes healthy digestion and supports the entire digestive system. It can help alleviate diarrhea and cramps, relieve nausea, gastrointestinal disorders and reduce inflammation and allergic reactions in the body.
It Improves Sleep
Tea rooibos is a safe and effective natural solution for insomnia. As many as 40% of adults suffer from insomnia during a certain period of their lives, which is attributed to reasons such as stress, overuse of caffeine, and some diseases.
If you also have trouble sleeping, you can improve the quality of your sleep by drinking more of this tea. Rooibos doesn’t contain caffeine but a very high value of minerals, including magnesium, calcium, manganese, zinc and iron. It stimulates tranquility and relaxation.
Studies have shown that the lack of magnesium can lead to chronic insomnia, among other things. Magnesium, also known as a natural tranquilizer, has a calming effect on the nervous system, which contributes to a better sleep. With a cup of red tea before sleep you will provide your body with the necessary calcium and magnesium for a more peaceful night rest.
Magnesium helps to preserve and restore body tissues during the pregnancy. It can reduce the constraint in fetal growth and prevents eclampsia. It also increases the weight of the fetus. A severe lack of magnesium can lead to preeclampsia, congenital anomalies and even higher infant mortality.
Rooibos protects the Nerve Cells and Brain
Researchers at the Japanese University of Iwata claim that rooibos prevents the formation of lipid peroxidation or a process when harmful free radicals attack the nervous tissue and brain cells.
Such activity leads to the deterioration of the outer, protective layer of the brain cells over time. Accumulated damage can show as degenerative brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Japanese researchers cooked rooibos tea for a group of elderly rats for two years and studied the activity of their brain. To the surprise of all, they found that there are in fact no differences in the older rats brain functioning compared to baby rats as they develop.
On the contrary, the brain of the group who didn’t drink rooibos had normal, aging-related changes (widespread devastation of the brain tissue). Researchers have made it clear that preventing the collection of waste material in the brain can be attributed to the activity of rooibos tea and the active ingredients in it. You have plenty good reasons to enjoy rooibos tea during pregnancy and protect you baby at the same time.