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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 and made.

Green Rooibos

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 coloured brew.

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 African goodness!


Comments about Rooibos Tea from our visitors.

"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.


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Rooibos Herbal Products Ltd. Trading as: Montego Rooibos Herbal Tea
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