Red TeaAspalathus linearis
• Rooibos, Tea, Red
• Beverage tea
Rooibos, or red tea, is a plant native to the Cape Town region of South Africa. Long used as a beverage tea, it was popularized as a medicinal herb in the late 1960s by a woman named Annique Theron, who claimed that it could help relieve colic and other infant-related problems. Since then, it has been advocated for a wide variety of additional conditions, including stomach distress (dyspepsia), allergies, warts, eczema, anxiety, insomnia and minor injuries.
The tea is harvested during the summer. It is green when picked, but becomes red during a fermentation process similar to that used for making black tea.
What Is Red Tea Used for Today?
Rooibos tea is marketed as a treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including all those mentioned above. However, no proposed uses of this herb have any meaningful supporting scientific evidence.
Like other forms of tea, red tea contains antioxidant
However, all of this evidence remains far too weak to be relied upon at all. In general, only
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3. Kucharska J, Ulicna O, Gvozdjakova A et al. Regeneration of coenzyme Q9 redox state and inhibition of oxidative stress by Rooibos tea (Aspalathus linearis) administration in carbon tetrachloride liver damage. Physiol Res. 2004;53:515-21.
5. Persson IA, Josefsson M, Persson K et al. Tea flavanols inhibit angiotensin-converting enzyme activity and increase nitric oxide production in human endothelial cells. J Pharm Pharmacol. 2006;58:1139-44.
6. Kucharska J, Ulicna O, Gvozdjakova A et al. Regeneration of coenzyme Q9 redox state and inhibition of oxidative stress by Rooibos tea (Aspalathus linearis) administration in carbon tetrachloride liver damage. Physiol Res . 2004;53:515-21.
Last reviewed April 2009 by EBSCO CAM Review Board
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