African Rooibos Tea
Organic Rooibos Tea is an
extremely healthy drink. This exotic Herbal Tea is a
product tailor-made for today's lifestyle. Rooibos, pronounced as
'Roy-boss' is also known as African Tea, Redbush tea, Rooibosch Tea, Red
Tea and Mountain tea.
A hot, soothing cup of Rooibos is completely pure
and natural, containing no additives, preservatives or colorants of any
kind. It contains no caffeine, which can be harmful to the central
nervous system, causing irritability, high blood pressure and erratic
sleep patterns. It is low in harmful tannin, a substance which adversely
affects the body's metabolism by decreasing the absorption of iron and
protein. The clean, aromatic flavor of Rooibos can be enjoyed safely in
unlimited quantities throughout the day, with no harmful side-effects.
Learn more about the origin of
this deliciously flavored tea and how it is grown
The ongoing debate, about which teas brew the strongest health benefits, now has a
colourful twist in the tea tale. Recent research conducted by the Agricultural Research
Council (ARC), Infruitec-Nietvoorbij and the Medical Research Council of South Africa, has
revealed that green Rooibos contains more antioxidants than South Africa’s traditional red
Rooibos is processed in two different ways, producing two distinct teas. In the cases of
traditional (red) Rooibos the green leaves and stems are picked, bruised and left to
ferment. The fermentation process turns the leaves and the resulting tea into a rich amber
colour, which led to its African name Rooibos, meaning "red bush."
The new green Rooibos is prepared in much the same way, but it is not fermented. The
unfermented brew contains higher levels of antioxidants than traditional Rooibos, as many
antioxidants are destroyed during the fermentation process. The unfermented variant has a
mild, "green" taste which is reminiscent of green tea but without the astringency.
Red tea (fermented Rooibos) on the other hand has a stronger, sweeter, fruitier taste.
Rooibos has always been a hot topic in the health industry as it is packed with
antioxidants, the lifeline that binds itself to free radicals. Free radicals (unstable
molecules) can damage the DNA in cells, which in turn can cause cancer. They can also
oxidise cholesterol, which leads to the clogging of blood vessels and consequently heart
attacks and strokes. Antioxidants bind to these free radicals before they cause any harm.
Polyphenols are the most prominent antioxidants in Rooibos. The polyphenol group is
divided into subgroups such as the flavonoids. The most prominent flavonoids in Rooibos
include aspalathin, rutin and orientin. Both isoorientin and isoquercitrin are also present.
Aspalathin and nothofagin are two types of polyphenols that are also present in large
amounts in unfermented (green) Rooibos. Studies have shown that these two polyphenols
oxidise into other substances during fermentation, and thus, fermented Rooibos contains less
aspalathin and nothofagin than unfermented green Rooibos.
In conclusion, senior research scientist at the Medical Research Council of SA, Jeanine
Marnewick says, “Rooibos showed protective effects against DNA damage when tested in an in
vitro assay as well as in an in vivo (dissection) animal system.” The in vitro (test tube)
studies found that unfermented Rooibos was generally more protective against DNA damage than
fermented Rooibos, although fermented Rooibos has a stronger effect against other mutagens.
Research on this topic is on going, Marnewick is currently evaluating the protective
effect of Rooibos on liver, esophageal, colon and skin cancer induced in live animal models.
Studies are in their early phases and Marnewick cautions that there is still a little known
about the effect of Rooibos on cancer development.
So until then, sit back, relax and enjoy a healthy, delicious cup of indigenous South
Comments about Rooibos Tea from
"Calming, like the
taste and according to the Japanese it removes Beta amaloid
plaque!", Joseph, VA
"It is Phenomenal!!!
I have IBS with Constipation and has helped calm the abdominal
discomfort and helped with the constipation. My 6 year old son loves it
and drinks it often throughout the day. In fact it is our drink of
choice besides water in our home. We just discovered this 2 weeks ago
and are telling everyone we know to try it.", Nancy
"Stop the constant
nausea that I was having. This tea relaxes me and when I want, allows
me to fall asleep easier.", Brenda, ON
"I have been
drinking the tea around 8:00 in the evening and I have been sleeping better. A
friends husband does not snore at night and my mother enjoys it in the
evening.", Stacy, PA
"I love Rooibos Tea.
It has helped me sleep in the past month since I have been drinking it
and it tastes Great!!!!", Temperance, FL.