- Rooibos tea is a concentrated source of antioxidants and flavonoids.
- In fact, Rooibos tea has been found to have as much as 50 times more Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) than Green Tea.
- It also has other antioxidants not found in other teas like aspalathin and nothofagin.
- It is naturally mineral rich, caffeine free and has low tannin levels compared to black and green teas.
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The herbal tea made from rooibos (pronounced Roy-Boss) has been a popular drink in Southern Africa for generations. The plant, Aspalathus linearis, is grown only in a small area in the Western Cape province of South Africa, but during recent years rooibos has become popular in other parts of the world as well.
There are two varieties of rooibos tea. One is referred to as red rooibos and the other is green rooibos. Typically, rooibos leaves are oxidized before they are used to make red rooibos tea. This process, gives them the familiar reddish-brown color and the slightly sweet taste. An alternative treatment of the leaves and twigs does not include the fermentation or oxidation step and produces what is referred to as green rooibos. The tea made from unfermented rooibos has a yellow tan color. The green rooibos tea possesses a milder taste.
Drinking organic red rooibos tea has number of health benefits. Traditional medicinal uses of rooibos in South Africa include supporting a healthy nervous system and digestive system. When applied externally rooibos can be helpful for supporting healthy skin. The alpha hydroxy acid and zinc contained in Red Rooibos Tea may support smooth skin.
Studies suggest rooibos has potent antioxidant, immune-modulating effects. In addition, red rooibos tea has not been found to have any adverse effects. In another study normal healthy rats given rooibos tea instead of water had significantly higher serum superoxide dismutase (SOD) levels than the control rats. They also had less DNA damage and accumulate significantly less aging damage in the brain than rats given water. In fact, the 24-month old rats given rooibos tea for most of their lives had brains similar to young 5-week-old rats. Furthermore, when the rats were given dextran sodium sulfate to induce colitis, the rooibos group had higher SOD levels, and the drop in hemoglobin levels seen in the control group was prevented. Thus, rooibos tea seems to support a healthy inflammation response and have the potential to prevent DNA damage.
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