Red African tea is hot
I knew green, black and white tea. But red tea? I have never even heard before Stephane mentioned it. He says he drinks 500 ml every day and it is addictive, tasty, naturally decaffeinated and sweet. The red tea is Rooibos ( pronounced ROY-boss).
Green and black teas are produced from the leaves of Camellia sinensis and classified according to the processing used. Four different subtypes: green tea, black tea, white tea and oolong tea exist. However, Red tea or Rooibos Tea comes from the leaves of a completely different plant Aspalathus linearis. This leguminous bush native to the Cedarberg Mountains in the Western Cape region of South Africa.
Rooibos Tea grows in a small ecological zone in South African called fynbos, found only in the Western Cape. Nine hundred distinctive plants grow in fynbos, and many have proven and patented medicinal properties. For example, Hoodia, another indigenous plant of the area, valuable for its hunger‐suppressing qualities. Rooibos is produced in the ecologically preserved zone, chances, you are drinking free of pesticide drink.
Caffeine? Not at all
You can drink it a lot. Rooibos is caffeine-free. Safe for kids, pregnant women and over-caffeinated rest of us trying to kick the caffeine habit.
Consumption of tisanes is a fast and easy way to increase your intake of a variety of potentially health-promoting phytochemicals. Rooibos tisanes have been employed as a folk remedy and used by traditional medicines to treat asthma, colic, eczema, headache, nausea and mild depression. Rooibos has been used as an anti-hypertensive, immune stimulant, laxative, sedative and spasmolytic agent as well as for the treatment of atherosclerosis and diabetes. Brewed rooibos tea (1 tsp/cup) contains 300 mg of protein with the amounts of Copper and Manganese providing 7.8% and 2.2% of the daily value (DV).
Several phenolic compounds are present in the brewed teas of both green and red Rooibos, but the total concentration of flavonoids in each can differ between fermented and unfermented Rooibos. Polyphenols, particularly the flavonoids, have been found to possess relatively potent antioxidant, antiatherosclerotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-mutagenic, antitumor and antiviral activities
Currently, Rooibos is the only known natural source of aspalathin and one of only two known sources of nothofagin. Good news! Scientist discovered these two primary flavonoids are bioavailable when digested as redbush tea, and it helps your liver, your glucose level and metabolism. Caffeine-free tea Rooibos has attracted the interest of the research community is always screening for potential new drugs and supplements. In 2018, Taiwan scientists discovered that Rooibos suppresses the growth of prostate cancer cells, as was reported at the Annual Meeting of the Japanese Cancer Association.
Green or red?
This herbal tea comes in fermented ( Red Rooibos) or unfermented (Green Rooibos) form. The unfermented product remains green in colour and referred to as green Rooibos. During fermentation, the colour changes from green to red with the oxidation of the constituent polyphenols, so the final product is often referred to as red tea or red bush tea. This tea has different grades. More leaves than stems used higher the grade is. The top grades have very deep whiskey coloured drink and difficult to find.
What else? Give your hair colour a boost
Several commercial skin and hair product use Rooibos extract prepared in glycerin and water. Proven as anti-irritant, antioxidant for skin it also preserves and protects hair colour. Soak equal parts of leaves and cold water for 30 min and apply on wet hair as a treatment mask.
The fresh taste is addictive when properly steeped, chilled and consumed. It has liver detoxifying properties. Especially refreshing and tasty when prepared with mint, stevia or honey.
Is it safe?
According to a report from the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging in Boston, people drinking Rooibos for ten weeks (2 g of Rooibos steeped in 100 ml of water) did not have any side effects just beneficial ones.
My friends Stephane and Aya from Japan were so right. Drinking Rooibos is the next best thing you can do for your body.