As red Rooibos tea gets fermented and oxidized after harvest, in the green variety of Rooibus tea the fermentation and oxidation are skipped. The tea gets withered and steamed immediately thus preventing oxidation. This results in a lighter and more aromatic taste and a deep green color of the beverage.
As green rooibos tea is “freezed” in its more natural and fresh state in conserves even more of its healing properties.
The amounts of antioxidants and flavonoids are also much higher than in the red variety of rooibos tea. As a consequence green Rooibos tea has increased health benefits over red Rooibos tea.
The other nutrients contained in Rooibos tea remain unaltered. So green Rooibos tea is still a rich source of minerals and microelements.
Being very low in tannine green Rooibos tea can be steeped or brewed for much longer than regular tea at a much higher temperature. This way the active ingredients can be extracted in much higher quantities. The same leaves can be used for a second steeping.
The latest research has shown that vitamin c significaly increases the absorbtion of antioxidants in the body. Just 30mg of the vitamin in a cup of tea is enought to greatly improve the absorbtion of beneficial substances from the tea. Vitamin c is however destroyed by heat so it should only be added to cold tea.
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