Tea has become a way of life to
people from different nations across the globe. There are
different types, from a green tea to herbal tea. But no matter
what the type, its health benefits cannot be denied.
Now comes the latest addition to
this lineup; a discovery of a new kind of tea. This one is
indigent in the continent of Africa. They call it rooibos
tea. It is a type of herbal tea that is reddish in color and is
said to have a sweet and nutty taste.
The most basic characteristic of
the rooibos plant is that it is a shrubby legume which is
indigenous to South Africa's Western Cape mountains, and has
about 200 native species. The indigenous people were the first
ones to discover the plant and had used it to make tea over 300
years ago. The rooibos leaves and stems were cut,
fermented and dried under the sun. They found that the tea was
both tasty and sweet and they had made a habit of brewing it
During the 17th and 18th
century, European botanists were introduced to the rooibostea while traveling in South Africa. Later on, the Dutch
settlers used rooibostea to substitute black tea, which
was a luxury to have back then. Different people like Benjamin
Ginsberg and Dr. le Fras Nortier later learned how to make it.
They created farms to cultivate the rooibosplant and
were successful in their endeavors. When the tea became known in
different parts of the world, the Perishable Products Export
Control Board (PPECB) of South Africa made sure that their
exported rooibos products pass a very meticulous
inspection to make sure that it is free of bacteria and other
bad elements. But just to make sure, the rooibos is steam
pasteurized before it is packed and sealed. Rooibos
products are also closely monitored by different international
organizations that have certificates for organic materials.
Examples of these are the German firms Ecocet and Lacon.
Around 1994, a company called
Burke International had registered the name "Rooibos"
with the US Patent and Trademark Office, thus making it a
monopoly product in America during the time when it wasn't still
known there. Later, a lot of companies were making the
rooibos tea, and Burke International would demand them money
because it was their trademark product. They also emphasized
that those who wouldn't pay would be forced to shut down their
business. But in 2005, a lot of companies had already filed
lawsuits against Burke International, and once they had lost,
they decided to make the name rooibos for public use.
Thanks to the advancement of
technology, it has been easier to use the traditional process in
making rooibos tea. The many benefits it has for the body
cannot be counted. As a lot of people know, tea is a natural
antioxidant for the body. Free radicals, which are basically
molecules that have lost an electron, are known to damage DNA
cells. This can cause a lot of complications to the body, and
this is where the antioxidants help us since they are able to
bind the free radicals before it causes any damage to our body.
There are different types of
antioxidants and these are called polyphenols, flavonoids and
proanthocyanidins. Rooibos tea also contains all three of
them and they help in fighting the free radicals in our body.
There are also other health
benefits that the rooibos tea can do for the body. It has
been found by researchers that the tea contains different
minerals like copper, iron, potassium, calcium, fluoride, zinc,
manganese, alpha-hydroxy, which is known to be healthy for the
skin, and magnesium, which is good for the nervous system.
tea also helps in delaying our age process. Since
our body's aging is caused by toxic chemicals produced by free
radicals, the antioxidants help us out by cleansing them. This
prevents in weakening our immune system and reduces the damage
age brings in. Rooibos tea also helps in giving strong
bones, as it contains calcium, magnesium and flouride. It also
smoothens our skin and is also known to cure itches when apllied
Not only is rooibos tea
used for drinking, but it is used by chefs as well. When used in
baking, the rooibus tea is able to replace the liquid
content of any recipe for added color and flavor. It also known
to prevent the build up of plaque that are responsible for
clogging the arteries.
So, enough of the trivia bit, you
may say. You want to hear from people, people who have actually
drank and seen the benefits of this tea. And what do these real
people have to say?
customer diagnosed with high blood pressure thought that he had
come at the end of his prime. He states, "After drinking this
tea my blood pressure is lower than when I was in college. I
drink an average of three to four cups every day. I swim every
day and have noticed a huge improvement in my energy level and
wind. Men half my age can't keep up with me in the lane!" He has
been drinking rooibos tea for years and has, since then, stopped
taking high blood pressure medication.
Of course, rooibos tea is not
just for people with ailments. As discussed, it also is taken to
prevent diseases and help maintain one's health.
As another customer puts it, "I
drink rooibos nearly every day. I drink it because of the
antioxidants and it tastes good. Since drinking the tea, my eye
floaters have disappeared. My eye doctor had said I would have
them the rest of my life - but they're gone now! Also, I
haven't been sick in the last two years even though I have been
exposed to flu and colds by both family members and co-workers."
is rooibos tea safe for everyone? One woman who drank rooibos
tea during her first pregnancy claims that, aside from its
"delicious and refreshing taste, she "felt that it bolstered"
her immune system. "I delivered a healthy, baby girl two years
ago," she adds, "and am pregnant again and still drinking the
tea! I highly recommend this tea to all pregnant and nursing
if you are looking for a drink that:
a) increases your
chances of fighting off illnesses;
b) has enough
antioxidants that help keep you energized and in stellar shape;
c) is caffeine-free
and completely safe no matter how old you are; and
d) delectable in
taste down to your last taste bud.
If all the above mentioned points
are your criteria for the best drink for you, then rooibos tea
is the choice. And if these people's experiences with rooibos
tea are not enough, then you may just have to try it out for
There is no hesitating. Let
rooibos tea help you in your mission to live a strong and
healthy life! Drink one today. Drink for your health. Drink for
MORE INFORMATION on Rooibos Tea
What Is Rooibos?
Rooibos is a shrubby legume that is indigenous to the mountains
of South Africa’s Western Cape.The genus Aspalathus includes
more than 200 species native to South Africa.
More than 300 years ago, indigenous inhabitants of the
mountainous regions of South Africa’s Western Cape were the
first to collect wild rooibos and use it to make tea. These
people discovered that they could brew a sweet, tasty tea from
rooibos leaves and
stems that they cut, bruised with wooden hammers, fermented in
heaps, and then sun-dried. WesternBotanists first recorded
rooibos plants in 1772 when they were introduced to the tea by
the Khoi people.
Quality Control Standards:
The Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB) of South
Africa ensures that all exported rooibos products pass a
phytosanitary inspection and are certified to be free of
bacteria and impurities. In order to pass these health and
safety tests, rooibos producers steam pasteurize the tea as the
final step before packing. Organic Rooibos is also monitored by
various international organizations that provide organic
certification, such as the German firms Ecocert and Lacon.
The traditional fermented tea is
processed today in much the same way as the indigenouspeople
processed it hundreds of years ago, including the sundrying
step, but the tools are more sophisticated now. The fermented
type is called red tea because fermentation turns
the leaves and the resulting tea a rich orange/red color; this
distinctive color led to the Afrikaans name rooibos, which means
Antioxidants in SunnRooibos:
Free radicals (unstable molecules that have lost an electron)
can damage the DNA in cells, leading to cancer, and they can
oxidize cholesterol, leading to clogged blood vessels, heart
attack, and stroke. Antioxidants can bind to free radicals
before the free radicals
cause harm. Some antioxidants are called polyphenols because
these substances contain a phenolic ring in their chemical
structure. Polyphenols are common in plants; they act as
pigments and sunscreens, as insect attractants and repellants,
and as antimicrobials and antioxidants. The polyphenol group is
further divided into subgroups such as flavonoids and phenolic
acids. Polyphenols can also be classified as monomeric
(molecules containing a single unit) or polymeric (larger
molecules containing more than one unit). Laboratory studies
have found that rooibos tea contains polyphenol antioxidants,
including flavonoids and phenolic acids, that are potent free
The polyphenol antioxidants identified in rooibos tea include
the monomeric flavonoids aspalathin, nothofagin, quercetin,
rutin, isoquercitrin, orientin, isoorientin, luteolin, vitexin,
isovitexin, and chrysoeriol. Currently, Rooibos is the only
known natural source of aspalathin.*
*HerbalGram Number 59, "Rooibos
Tea, Research into Antioxidant and Antimutagenic Properties" by
How to Use SunnRooibos
There are many ways to drink
SunnRooibos. The tisane (tea) can be prepared by steeping
for 1 to 10 minutes in hot or cold water. The longer it
steeps the more flavorful the tea. Make a sun tea by placing
several bags in a glass jar and allow it to sit in the sun
for several hours. Use the tea as a smoothie base for all of
your Elements For Life Super-Smoothies and enjoy all the
amazing benefits of this potent plant!