Herbal Red Bush Rooibos Tea contains a mimic of Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD), an outstanding antioxidant, low in tannic acid, naturally caffeine free, and packed with minerals such as: Potassium, Calcium, Copper, Zinc, Magnesium and Iron. Recent clinical trials in South Africa and Japan have shown Rooibos tea to help with sleeplessness, mild depression as well as having excellent anti-aging qualities.
An unpublished study called “Rooibos Tea as an Anti-Aging Beverage” was conducted at the Institute for Medical Science of Aging at Aichi Medical University in Japan. This study showed that to achieve the highest antioxidant activity, the optimal boiling time for the fermented Red Tea is about 10 minutes. Another study conducted by the Department of Food Science at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa found that under certain conditions, unfermented Rooibos and fermented Rooibos extracts showed higher antioxidant activity than black, oolong and even green tea.
A recent issue of Daily Vitality Team, quotes Patrick Holford:
“Since redbush tea is naturally caffeine-free, it’s untreated so every last one of its healthful polyphenols is preserved. The other thing that sets redbush apart from other teas is its low tannin content. Tannins are the polyphenols in black and green tea responsible for their astringent taste. Since redbush tea is lower in tannins, it’s much smoother and milder tasting-no matter how long you steep it. ...The reason is simple: Its potent antioxidant content protects your body from free radicals. The antioxidants in redbush tea are called polyphenols. And it’s the catechins in the polyphenols that support your overall health and boost your immune system. Plus, these antioxidants are also thought to lower blood fat levels, which in turn help to support normal cholesterol levels.”