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Rooibos Benefits

Caffeine & Tannin content (1 tea bag/500ml)

  Caffeine (mg) Tannin (%)
Dr. Nortier's Rooibos Tea 0 1
Coffee 60 to 150 4.6
Wheat Tea 60 to 90 7 to 15
Oolong Tea 60 to 90 7 to 15
Green Tea 15 to 43 7 to 15
Black Tea 19 to 39 7.18 to 13
  • Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine (Thomas Bartram)

Naturally Caffeine Free - Rooibos is naturally caffeine free and therefore does not need to undergo extensive processing. Traditionally, leaves from the Rooibos bushes were harvested and then crushed using primitive tools and left in heaps to ferment before drying in the sun. Today, plants are cultivated and the production process has been refined without losing the unique process and heritage to guarantee the best quality in every cup. Health professionals in South Africa suggest Rooibos for people suffering with irritability, headaches, disturbed sleep patterns, insomnia, nervous tension, mild depression or hypertension because it is caffeine free and appears to have a soothing effect on the central nervous system.

Low in Tannins - Unlike many teas, Rooibos is naturally low in harmful tannins. Tannins can interfere with iron absorption, particularly in populations of individuals with marginal iron status. These include infants and toddlers, teenage girls, pre-menopausal women, elderly men and vegetarians. People in these categories are advised to allow at least one hour to elapse between the end of a meal and consumption of black or ordinary tea. Such advice is not necessary if Rooibos is the drink of choice.

Comparison of Control Stength of Lipid Peroxides

  • Department of Food Science, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • America Chemical Society, Washington
  • Department of Medicine, Microbiology Section, University of Kumamoto, Japan
  • Journal Korean Society Food Nutrition, Korea

High in antioxidants – Rooibos contains powerful antioxidants that fight free radicals (a by-product of normal cell function), which weaken the body's natural defences and lead to ageing, the declining of the immune system and the onset of a wide variety of diseases. Damage to cells by free radicals is thought to be partly to blame for chronic diseases such as cancer, heart diseases and ageing. It is the naturally occurring antioxidants in Rooibos that are beginning to excite scientists and health professionals around the world, with research being undertaken to identify the particular health benefits of Rooibos. To date no adverse effects of drinking Rooibos have been reported. (Ref: McKay DL, Blumberg JB. 2007. A Review of the Bioactivity of South African Herbal Teas: Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) and Honeybush (Cyclopia intermedia). Phytother. Res. 21. 1 – 16.)

Painstaking research was done on Rooibos Tea by a Japanese Expert, Dr. Masatoshi Nakano. He found that it contained a very high content of Flavonoids which suppress nervousness and chromosome variation. It also has 50 times more Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) than Green Tea, as well as anti-oxidants, nutrients & essential minerals not found in other tea, making Rooibos truly unique and far superior.

Calorie Free - Rooibos is calorie free, and is therefore suitable to recommend to anyone on a weight loss plan. It has a
 naturally sweeter taste than other teas and is therefore an easier substitute than many herbal options.

Oxalic Acid Free - Rooibos contains no oxalic acid. It can be drank freely by people suffering from kidney stones.

100% Pure, Natural and Organic - Rooibos is completely pure and natural as it contains no additives, preservatives or colourants.

Rich in 9 Essential Minerals - Rooibos contains nine minerals and trace minerals, including calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, sodium, copper, manganese and fluoride.