The prized rooibos, indigenous to the south-western reaches of South Africa, has long been used by the Khoi and San as a refreshing drink and a medicinal herb. Today it is enjoyed around the world. Its following has grown so vast that a pair of enterprising sisters in a small rural town has set up the Rooibos Route.
A study at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology has found that rooibos tea has helped to prevent liver damage in rats that had the liver-damaging chemical tert-butyl hydroperoxide. The tea may even reverse some of the damage done to the organ, it was found.
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