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 non-GMO 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.
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.
Drinking organic green rooibos tea may have a number of health benefits. Traditional medicinal uses of rooibos in South Africa include supporting a healthy nervous and digestive systems. When applied externally rooibos can be helpful for a number of skin irritations like itchy skin, eczema, dermatitis, sunburns, diaper rash, acne and rosacea. The alpha hydroxy acid and zinc contained in Green Rooibos Tea supports healthy, smooth skin.
Studies suggest rooibos may have potent antioxidant and immune nourishing effects. In addition, green 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 support a healthy inflammation response and may have the potential to prevent DNA damage.
Due to the possible effects of rooibos on vasodilation and vasoconstriction, angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and nitric oxide (NO) it has been used to support overall cardiovascular health. In one study, the effect of green tea, black tea and rooibos tea on ACE and NO was compared in healthy human volunteers. None of the three had a marked effect on NO concentration, but both green tea and rooibos tea inhibited ACE activity, suggesting that they may have cardiovascular benefits.
Rooibos tea may support healthy blood sugar levels as well. In a study on mice with type 2 diabetes, aspalathin suppresses the increase in fasting blood glucose levels. It may also improve glucose tolerance, apparently through stimulating glucose uptake in muscle tissues and insulin secretion from the pancreas. So drinking rooibos tea during a meal may not be a bad idea.
Rooibos tea also has possible therapeutic potential for respiratory ailments. According to a study on rats, in addition to supporting healthy blood pressure levels, rooibos tea is both a bronchodilator and an antispasmodic. This helps explain why rooibos tea is commonly used to support the gastrointestinal and respiratory systems . The flavonoid chrysoeriol seems to be mainly responsible for the bronchodilator and antispasmodic effect.
Unoxidised green rooibos tea contains more than twice the flavonoids as the oxidized red rooibos tea and 10 times the aspalathin and nothofagin. In the studies that have directly compared the two, the unoxidised green rooibos seems to generally come out on top. This is a naturally caffeine free tea.
Some possible traditional uses of Organic Green Rooibos Tea may include:
- May support a healthy nervous system
- May support liver health
- May help Alleviate allergies, asthma & hay fever
- Containing no oxalic acid, making it a great choice for supporting kidney health
- Inhibiting lipid peroxidation
- May support a healthy gastrointestinal system
- Containing a variety of vitamins and minerals, as well as other phytonutrients
- Suppressing fasting glucose levels
- Acts as an antispasmodic agent
- Anti-aging properties
- May support a healthy inflammation response
- Containing polyphenols shown to have a variety of health benefits
- Improving glucose tolerance
- Acting as a bronchodilator & antispasmodic
- Containing alpha hydroxy acid & zinc content, & may be applied topically to ease acne, eczema, sunburn, etc.
- May strengthen bones and teeth
- May support a healthy immune system response
- Low in tannins which allows easier assimilation of its minerals
- Promoting healthy smooth skin
- High levels of antioxidants: Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), aspalathin & nothofagin
- Improving glucose uptake & insulin secretion after a meals
- Cardiovascular support through ACE inhibition
- When used externally it may support healthy skin
Constituents of Rooibos include:
- Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Selenium
- Vitamins: Vitamin C
- Phenols: polyphenols, flavonoids, non-flavonoids
- Volatile oils: Guaiacol, damascenone, geranylacetone, beta-phenylethyl alcohol, 6-methyl-5-hepten-2-one
- Other Phytochemicals: Aspalathin, Nothofagin, Caffeic acid, Chrysoeriol, Isoquercitrin, Orientin, Isoorientin, Luteolin, Vitexin, Isovitexin, Luteolin, Rutin, Flavonoids, Quercetin
Suggested Use: Infusion- Use the ratio of 1.5 teaspoon of product for every 8 ounces of distilled water. Bring water to a boil and then take off stove. Put tea in pot or a mug fill with water and cover for 15 minutes. (This method is specific for whole leaf herbs and teas).
Mixing suggestions: To increase flavor and nutritional profile combine with our organic coconut palm sugar.
Botanical Name: Asplathus Linearis.
Other Names: Red bush, red tea, rooibos tea, bush tea, redbush tea, South African red tea, red tea, rooibosch.
Ingredients: Organic Green Rooibos Tea.
Origin: Grown and dried in South Africa. Packaged with care in Florida, USA.
Certifications: USDA Certified Organic.
Z Natural Foods strives to offer the highest quality organically grown, raw, vegan, gluten free, non-GMO products available and exclusively uses low temperature drying techniques to preserve all the vital enzymes and nutrients. Our Green Rooibos Tea is certified organic and passes our strict quality assurance which typically includes testing for botanical identity, heavy metals, chemicals and microbiological contaminants. ZNaturalFoods.com offers Organic Green Rooibos Tea packaged in airtight stand-up, resealable foil pouches for optimum freshness. Once opened, just push the air out of the pouch before resealing it in order to preserve maximum potency. Keep your Organic Rooibos Green Tea in a cool, dark, dry place.