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Top benefits of rooibos tea

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  • Botanists first identified rooibos tea in 1772, but it was much later before a housewife named Annique Theron discovered some of its many health benefits, which are now known to include improving male fertility, reducing oxidative stress, improving cardiovascular health and normalizing blood pressure
  • Aspalathin, one component of the plant, has hypoglycemic effects and may help stabilize blood sugar; the antioxidants may have a beneficial effect preventing stroke, arthritis and neurodegenerative diseases; and the anti-inflammatory effect may help reduce pain and improve skin
  • As with other herbs, rooibos should be stored in an airtight container away from heat, light, moisture and other fragrant foods, such as coffee or spices
  • Brew a cup of rooibos tea using fresh, filtered water brought to a temperature between 202 and 212 degrees Fahrenheit; cover the pot to infuse. Unlike traditional teas, rooibos will not become bitter the longer it is brewed but, rather, gets stronger and more flavorful

Tea may be drunk hot or cold but, either way, it’s made by infusing the dried crushed leaves of the tea plant in boiling water. Rooibos (pronounced “roy-boss”) is made from the fermented leaves of the Aspalathus linearis, which is native to South Africa. According to the South African Rooibos Council, it’s not a true tea but, rather, a fermented and dried herb.

The tea is red in color and is sometimes referred to as African red tea, or red bush tea. It's been a popular beverage in Africa for centuries and has a sweet honey taste with a rich red hue. Green rooibos is green-brown in color and has a grassy flavor similar to green tea.

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