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Rooibos

Also indexed as:Aspalathus linearis, Bushman Tea, Red Bush Tea
Rooibos: Main Image© Martin Wall
Common names:
Bushman Tea, Red Bush Tea
Botanical names:
Aspalathus linearis

Parts Used & Where Grown

Rooibos is a nitrogen-fixing shrub native to South Africa. Its leaves are fermented and sun dried for use as a tea.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Anti-Aging
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Preliminary studies show that rooibos has antimutagenic and antioxidant properties, and has shown some ability to prevent radiation damage in animals. This research somewhat supports its traditional use to slow the aging process.
Cancer
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Preliminary studies show that rooibos has antimutagenic and antioxidant properties, and it has shown some ability to prevent radiation damage in animals. This research somewhat supports rooibos's traditional use as a cancer preventative.
Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Rooibos is traditionally used as a tea as a digestive aid.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Rooibos is a pleasant-tasting beverage that has been used traditionally to sooth digestion and relieve stomach cramps, colic, and diarrhea. Rooibos tea has also been used to relieve allergies and eczema, and to slow aging.

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