Key health benefits
Rooibos tea is an excellent source of antioxidants: it's packed with health-boosting
polyphenols and contains a unique antioxidant called aspalathin.
Lab studies and studies done with animals show that the tea could possibly
slow the ageing process (including the progression of dementia), prevent
certain forms of cancer (particularly skin, liver and oesophageal cancer)
and lower the risk of heart disease. However, almost no research has been
done in humans to confirm these proposed benefits.
Anecdotal evidence also suggests that rooibos:
• acts as a digestive aid and anti-spasmodic, thereby relieving
stomach cramps and colic in babies
• helps manage allergies
• soothes skin irritations when applied directly to the affected
• boosts the immune system
Furthermore, rooibos tea:
• has a low tannin content (only1-4%), which means that it doesn't
inhibit the absorption of iron
• contains no caffeine
• is virtually kilojoule-free (that's without sugar and milk, of
• contains no colourants, additives or preservatives
Interesting facts about rooibos
Made from the Aspalathus linearis bush, which grows on the slopes of the
Cedarberg mountains and found nowhere else in the world, rooibos is one
of South Africa's best export products. Our rooibos tea is exported to
countries such as Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and even Kazakhstan.
Rooibos tea was traditionally brewed by the Khoi people of the Cederberg
mountains, who believed that it had health benefits.
It is classified as a herbal tea, which means that rooibos is made from
"a flowering plant without a woody stem". Herbal infusions can
include flowers, herbs, fruit and spices. These infusions are caffeine-free,
unlike all other types of tea.
Herbal teas don't contain tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant
and therefore cannot be technically classified as a tea. However, this
does not mean that herbal teas don't have health benefits. They have many,
but these differ from those of "real" tea.
The market for green rooibos tea (i.e. unfermented rooibos tea which contains
higher levels of antioxidants) is steadily growing. Green rooibos extract
has now become a popular ingredient in various functional-food and cosmetic
products - also in the international market.
Many innovative rooibos products are now available to South African consumers.
Rooibos espresso is one of the sexier products that has recently hit our
shop shelves. Also be on the lookout for rooibos-infused carob treats,
rooibos nougat, and skin and hair products that contain the tea.