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Rooibos Tea

Rooibos fields

Biodelta's Rooibos tea leafs (pronounced “Roy-boss”) are sourced from the Cederberg area in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Our rooibos tea is of high quality, ethically grown and organically certified Rooibos tea.

The Rooibos plant is a unique wispy bush found only in a small part of South Africa’s south western Cape region, 250km north of Cape Town. The herbal tea, made from an infusion of the prepared leaves, has been enjoyed for centuries as both a beverage and a health tonic by the local indigenous population. Other names used for Rooibos are Redbush (English) and Rotbusch (German).

Rooibos tea benefits

  • Rooibos tea is a unique flavorful caffeine-free, low tannin beverage enjoyed by people all over the world.
  • It is a product presented in a totally natural form, free of any extraneous substances such as colorants or preservatives.
  • It contains many essential minerals and trace elements such as calcium, magnesium, manganese, fluoride and ascorbic acid.
  • While many of the other teas limit iron absorption by chelation of the iron molecules, Rooibos tea actually improves iron absorption and also contains additional iron, potassium and copper. Rooibos tea contains high levels of 37 known substances which act to limit the effects of super oxide molecules or oxygen free radicals.
  • These substances which mimic the effects of super oxide dismutase, help to limit the many toxic effects which cause aging of the skin, muscle, internal organs and brain.
  • Numerous other pharmacological and medicinal benefits have been attributed to Rooibos tea.
  • Rooibos is free of caffeine and safe during pregnancy and lactation.

Serving tips
Rooibos tea can be served either hot, as a traditional tea, with or without milk and sweetener (try a small spoon of honey), or cold as an iced tea or fruit juice mix. It makes an excellent iced tea, and keeping a jug in the refrigerator (mixed with some fresh lemon and mint) is a pleasant tasting and healthy thirst quencher for your entire family on those hot days.

Rooibos helps to calm active children down, lets them sleep well, helps replace essential minerals such as iron, potassium, zinc and sodium, relieves acne and increases iron absorption.

History of Rooibos
For centuries Rooibos has been treasured as tonic for the mind, body and spirit. This rich, red tea comes from a wild plant of the indigenous family called Aspalathus linearis, which grows on the slopes of the beautiful Cederberg Mountains near Cape Town. This tea is believed to have tremendous healing powers, and it is known in South Africa as "The Miracle Tea."

Medical science is only just beginning to discover the many health advantages of Rooibos tea and ongoing research confirms it’s has many uses and benefits.

The Rooibos plant makes a unique beverage with a characteristic sweet flavor. Recent studies have shown that Rooibos tea is naturally high in Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD), an outstanding antioxidant and a prime preventer of free radical damage.

Perhaps the highest testimony of the benefits of this pure and natural beverage come from Japan. Here, Rooibos has been promoted as a healthy alternative to other cold and warm beverages and is commonly referred to as “Long Life Tea.”
Japanese scientists have discovered that the effect of free radicals on the process of aging and decline of the immune system is limited by the anti-oxidants in Rooibos. If the product is brewed for longer than 10 minutes, the anti-oxidant activity becomes much higher.

South African farmers and woodsmen of the past traditionally kept a pot constantly brewing at a low heat next to their old wood burning stoves, periodically throwing in another handful of leaves.

Japanese research has also found Rooibos to be beneficial in the treatment of high blood pressure, diabetes, mellitus, atherosclerosis, allergic diseases, various dermatus diseases, liver diseases and cataracts.

Nutritional Information

Nutrient Function in the body Per 200ml
Iron (Fe) Essential for transportation of oxygen in red blood cells; combats fatigue. 0,07 mg
Potassium (K) Essential part of the body's metabolic processes. 7,12 mg
Zinc (Zn) Plays a vital role in growth, resistance to disease, healing of wounds and health of skin and hair. 0,04 mg
Manganese (Mn) Essential for a healthy nervous system and for other metabolic processes. 0,04 mg
Copper (Cu) Another vital component of the body's metabolic processes. 0,07 mg
Calcium (Ca) Essential for strong bones and teeth 1,09 mg
Sodium (So) Responsible for maintaining fluid and acid-base balance. 6,16 mg
Magnesium (Mg) Important for a healthy nervous system and for other metabolic processes. 1,57 mg
Fluoride Essential for healthy bones and teeth. 0,22 mg