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purematcha said

Which is healthier? Rooibos or Green Tea?

Most people believe that Green Tea is the healthiest tea with the most anti-oxidants..But did you know that Rooibos has 47% more anti-oxidants than Green Tea.

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Pithy said

Do you even know what type of green tea was used in the study? Did they use teabags? Did they use a spring harvest dragonwell thats made up of only the young tips? A japanese green? Maybe a matcha or a gyokuro? An african green tea?

A lot of these statistics are purely marketing and don’t really help people determine quality. Rooibos, green tea or otherwise.

purematcha said

Good Point. We love both Green Tea and Rooibos.

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Uniquity said

I think it will depend on which aspects of ‘health’ you’re loking at. For those who think caffeine is unhealthy in any amount or context, green would certainly lose. However, I’ve been under the impression that green (in general) has different components than rooibos, with each fighting or promoting different things – It will always be subjective.

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Who lives longer Japanese people or South African people???? I think the answer is obvious. Green tea has specific antioxidants that are only found in green tea. Roobios has Vitamin C in small quantities but it has yet to be proven any more or less healthy. Only in America where most folks are obese are consumers so concerned with the mindless marketing of healthy food. Common sense dictates otherwise.

52teas said

That is making an awful lot of assumptions to leap to a “How stupid can you people be?” conclusion. And are you intimating that obese persons are stupid? For us to be concerned with mindless marketing, I suppose we would have to be. (Yes, I am obese.)

I personally tell people that the tea you drink in place of a soda or some other sugary drink, is the healthiest. The folks at LeafBox, in their guide to tea, made the very astute assertion that essentially, for thousands of years, you either drank water (which was often contaminated), or you drank tea (which meant you had to boil (read sterilize) your water). People noticed that tea drinkers were healthier and probably lived longer, and the mystique of tea as a fountain of health was born. It probably had more to do with people boiling their water than it had to do with the tea itself.

Uniquity said

I really don’t think that pitting the life span of one group of people against another at all tells anyone which tea is ‘healthier’. Do Japan and South Africa share every other aspect of life identically so as to make the tea the only possible factor for longevity? Your opening argument is so radical/extreme, I’m surprised to read it…at least regarding health benefits of tea.

Also, for my own curiosity – “Roobios has Vitamin C in small quantities but it has yet to be proven any more or less healthy” – Than what? What is it not proven to be more or less healthy than?

Mccoy V said

So that people aren’t misinformed, please note that Rooibos tea is also a relatively popular drink in Japan.

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Wow…where did that come from? I said nothing about obese people being stupid or anything…just that obesity is an epidemic in this country. There are very few malnourished people in the US so my point is — why is there all this marketing for “nutritional foods” as if folks were nutritionally deficient.

I think you might be confusing starvation with malnutrition. Not many people are starving in the US. However, a lot of people getting sick over a longer time span seem to have been linked malnutrition due to a low intake of iron, zinc, and vitamin. Some researchers even say it’s one of the major causes of death (not eating healthy enough).

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purematcha said

Rooibos Tea contains SOD (Super Oxide Dismutase) super powerful anti-oxidant, plus 38 natural anti-oxidants, minerals and flavonoids.
Did you know that Red Bush Tea has over 50% more anti-oxidants than green tea without the caffeine? The USDA shares that the antioxidant activity in this special red tea is actually quite potent. It is more potent than what you may find in twenty-two known fruits and vegetables including carrots, orange juice, and even broccoli.

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purematcha said

Green teas, like white teas, also do not undergo fermentation. The antioxidants in green teas have been studied well. They are very rich in polyphenols, as well as flavonoids. They have a lower caffeine content compared to black teas, and also do not contain any calories. Just like white teas, green teas are also very rich in epigallocatechin, a type of antioxidant. Because it has been widely studied among all teas, green tea is said to have the most antioxidants compared to the others.

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purematcha said

This is why we asked the question. We are quite educated with both teas. We sell both in Matcha form lol. We also love both. With all the different studies coming to different conclusions, I think we can all agree that both teas have amazing health benefits and that both teas are delicious.

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teazen said

Don’t know why but whenever I drink Rooibos i can’t help thinking that this would go extremely well with some liquor. :)
I doesn’t mater what some studies show. What mater is what is better for you!? I prefer Green tea.

52teas said

I personally think Honeybush is better than green tea OR Rooibos.

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Cofftea said

In order of antioxident percentage loose leaf green (on average), matcha, red rooibos, green rooibs. I’d LOVE to find a powdered green rooibos. I say loose leaf green tea is “on average” on the left side of the spectrum because antioxident extraction is based in part on parameters and different green teas (especially Japanese greens) have different steeping parameters.

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Drink tea for the flavor and enjoyment. Not the claims on any side of the health benefits.

Precisely.

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