Tea or Rooibos Fights Liver Damage, Prevents
Cancer and Treats Colic
The herbal tea known as red tea has found
its way to health food and specialty food
stores recently, but few know much about the
source or the health benefits of this plant.
Red tea comes from a South African plant called
Aspalanthus linearis, and is also known as
Redbush, or Kaffree, Rooibus, and Honeybush.
Rooibus is not a true tea, in that it doesn't
come from the same plant family as black tea,
the Camellia sinensis plant, but research
has confirmed many health benefits from this
tea, including cancer prevention,
and as a treatment for nervous tension, allergic
dermatitis, and indigestion.
tea contains anti-oxidants in the
form of polyphenols. It has the same health
benefits as green tea, in this regard. Rooibus
also contains calcium, magnesium, zinc, and
potassium, as does black tea. Rooibus has
similar health generating nutrients as the
other red foods, such as cherries, red grapes,
acai berries, and pomegranates.
tea grows as a bush and has been
used for tea by locals for a long time. The
tea is made from the stems and leaves of the
plants. Folk medicine uses include treatment
of malignancies and various types of inflammation.
In 1968, its use was documented in treating
colic in infants. Studies conducted in 2000
and in 2003 in South Africa showed that red
tea can protect the liver from mutagenic action
that causes cancer, as well as other oxidative
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