Now, American tea drinkers browsing the shelves of health food stores are liable to come upon a new one - Rooibos tea, from South Africa. There are over 300 fynboss plants indigenous
to South Africa. Rooibos (pronounced ROY-boss) appears to be matching - and possibly besting - the health benefits claimed for other more established teas. A favorite among South Africans for years, the beverage is said by some to have 50% more antioxidants than are found in green tea. Antioxidants are the organic substances believed to scavenge "free radicals," the toxic by-product of natural biological processes that can damage cells and lead to cancer.
And the health benefits of Rooibos tea are bound to make it a favorite, he says: rich in antioxidants, rich in vitamin C, caffeine-free, and low in tannins, the residue in teas that can sometimes cause digestive problems.
Rooibos tea contains no colors, additives or preservatives, making it a natural beverage. It contains no caffeine. According to studies conducted in South Africa and Japan Rooibos has been shown to aid in health problems such as insomnia, irritability, headaches, nervous tension, and hypertension. Studies also show that this tea relieves anti- spasmodic agents, which can relieve stomach cramping and colic in infants.
Rooibos is a great thirst quencher and is an excellent beverage for active people, including children. It contains no oxalic acid, making it a good beverage for people prone to kidney stones. Rooibos contains the minerals, copper, iron and potassium, calcium, fluoride, zinc, manganese; alpha- hydroxy (for healthy skin) and magnesium (for the nervous system) are also components of this tea. In South Africa pregnant women and nursing mothers drink Rooibos because it contains no caffeine.
Experts agree that even without the advent of Rooibos tea, it has become a veritable health phenomenon, as reports of its beneficial effects have spread in the media. With many heath benefits and very delicious taste red tea is becoming the tea of choice.
South African Red Tea is prized for its refreshing flavor, hot or iced, and as a source of antioxidants. The fame of African Red Tea has spread far beyond the borders of South Africa and is firmly established in the international market. In the last five years it has proven so popular that it is currently exported to 135 countries around the globe.
The Red Tea plant is one of the few plants that have made the transition from local wild resource to a cultivated crop. It makes a unique beverage with a characteristic sweet flavor. Recent studies have shown that Red Tea is naturally high in Super Oxide Disputes (SOD), an outstanding antioxidant and a prime preventer of free radical damage.
Medical science is only just beginning to discover the many health advantages of African Red Tea and ongoing research confirms that it has many uses and Each of us has a favourite sort of tea abd tea brewing method of his own, however there are three important rules that make tea particularly tasty and help preserve useful components of tea. First, boil water, then pour some of it into a teapot. Third, brew tea leaves in a teapot for not more than four minutes. Otherwise tea leaves emit tannin that makes tea tart and bitter. To avoid it, one should filter tea with a tea-strainer.benefits.