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The Health Benefits of Rooibos (Redbush) Tea From South Africa

Pronounced "roy-boss", rooibos means "red bush" in Afrikaans. Studies have shown this tea to be rich in polyphenols. It is anti-mutagenic, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral. Rooibos is rich in antioxidants and great for the health conscious crowd. It is also caffeine free so it's great for people who want to cut back on caffeine or want to drink it before going to bed. Some people drink it before bed as it helps with insomnia. It's also very low in tannins so it is not bitter.

It also contains alpha hydroxy acid and zinc which is great for the skin. You can even apply it directly to the skin to help with acne, eczema and sunburns. Full of vitamins and minerals such as zinc, copper, calcium, manganese, magnesium and potassium, it is definitely a safe and recommended drink to people of all ages. Traditional medicinal uses of rooibos in South Africa include alleviating infantile colic, allergies and asthma. People who have kidney stones can even drink it as it contains no oxalic acid. For those of you who do not consume dairy products, rooibos contains calcium, magnesium and fluoride to help build strong teeth and bones.

The taste is very sweet and mild. It is often used as a base tea to blend with. You can sweeten the hot tea with agave nectar or honey. Or if making an iced tea just add a few slices of lemon & apple and serve with honey. I highly recommend you go out and seek this tea and try it out for yourself.

Source by Diana Li

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