Rooibos tea is unique because it is harvested from a different plant to the teas made from the camellia sinensis plant. Rooibos is grown in the Western Cape Province and is the drink of choice in South Africa. Upon harvest the leave are green, however they transcend into a rustic shade of red when oxidized.
The cardiovascular benefits from rooibos tea are incredicble as they help control and maintain diseases such as diabetes, as it works by suppressing the increase in fasting glucose levels, as well as improving glucose tolerance. The most astounding discovery is the tea extract has been noted in fighting the deadly HIV virus, hence the popularity of it in the states of South Africa. Traditional medicinal uses of rooibos in South Africa include alleviating infantile colic, allergies, asthma and dermatological problems. It is also excellent with dealing with health problems or stomach cramps and is packed full of vitamins and minerals including zinc, copper, calcium, manganese, magnesium, potassium. People with kidney stones also report in positive change in the medical condition after adding the tea to their diet. It is so versatile that it can also be applied directly to the skin to help with acne, eczema and sunburn.
Due to its high level of antioxidants such as aspalathin and nothofagin, its lack of caffeine, and its low tannin levels compared to fully oxidized black tea or unoxidized green tea leaves. Rooibos also contains a number of phenolic compounds, including flavanols, flavones, flavanones, and dihydrochalcones.
Difference in red and green rooibos tea is oxidation, both sorts can be found, although the oxidated (red) leaves are much more common and favoured in taste. Non-oxidised, natural leaves contain about twice as much total flavonoids as oxidised tea, however it comes down to personal preference, and it never hurts to try both in order to be completely sure of what it is that you like and suits your lifestyle.
Rooibos is purported to assist with nervous tension, allergies and digestive problems. A great everyday tea, and even better for those special occasions when you need to calm down and reflect on the recent past, rooibos tea is the perfect solution and is an excellent friend when it comes to solving tricky life problems.
For those who are unfamiliar of the taste of rooibos tea, initial contact may be startling with its distinct smell, but very soon the subtle hints of caramel break through to provide you a superior tea tasting experience. Unlike anything ever taster, it may take several cups to familiarise yourself with the smell and taste, but once you do, there is no going back.