What is Rooibos?
The Rooibos plant Aspalathus linearis, is indigenous to South Africa and only grows in a small area in the Western Cape region of South Africa. Botanists first discovered the plant in 1772 although the indigenous people in the area have always used the tea in their daily lives.
The name Rooibos is a direct translation from the Afrikaans language and literally means "red bush". After harvesting the tea is normally left to ferment for a number of hours and the tea leaves that look like pine needles; change to a rusty red colour.
The unique antioxidant and mineral content of quality Rooibos tea (Red Bush) surpasses that of regular black teas and puts it in a class of its own.
Green Rooibos tea is not left to ferment and is dried immediately after harvesting. Green Rooibos tea is superior to normal Green Tea because of the rich antioxidant and mineral content; PLUS it is NOT BITTER due to the low tannin content!
Rooibos tea is naturally rich in minerals and anti-oxidants and is naturally caffeine-free and low in tannin.
The Zero Effect:
zero caffeine zero calories
zero sugar zero oxalic acid
Because Rooibos tea does not contain oxalic acid it can also be enjoyed by people suffering from kidney stones.
Properties of Rooibos tea:
Research on both regular fermented and green Rooibos tea shows very promising results for future application in the field of skin cancer. Topical application to mice of both fermented and unfermented Rooibos diminishes the incidence of skin melanomas and shrinks existing tumours.