“The term Rooibos is as typically South African as braaivleis and biltong,” says Bizcommunity.
That’s why it’s concerning that a French company has applied to register Rooibos as a trademark, securing a monopoly for its use, says LegalbriefToday.
But Dr Wright explains in Health Bytes
that ‘red tea’ or Rooibos, isn't actually tea at all.
True tea (black, green and white) comes from the Camellia sinensis plant.
Rooibos, on the other hand, comes from the South African Aspalanthus linearis plant.
And it’s not the health wonder it’s reported to be!
Disappointingly, Rooibos also has only minimal amounts of calcium, potassium, zinc and magnesium than is found in true teas.
Rooibos is good for your health, but green tea is better
This isn't to say that rooibos isn't good for you.
It’s been proven as a great way to soothe upset stomachs, colic, and stomach cramps, reports NaturalHealthRemedies.
You can even apply it directly to the skin to help with acne, eczema
But green tea is the true tea of good health.
It also helps with weight loss
, protection against Alzheimer's disease and a lower risk of prostate cancer
And have you ever wondered why a cup of tea – especially green tea – is so soothing?
Theanine’s what makes green tea so soothing
Most green tea has high theanine content.
Theanine reduces the negative side effects of caffeine, and helps promote alpha brain waves, “which increase your brain’s production of dopamine to give you an alert, yet relaxed, awareness”, says the AmazingGreenTea website.
So brew a quick cup of green tea and you’ll soon feel your health worries wash away!