Earlier this month The Herald newspaper reported that scientists at the University of Zimbabwe have announced that Zimbabwean herbal teas contain more health-giving anti-oxidants that the famous South African Rooibos tea. Consumption of anti oxidants helps reduce the risk of cancer, stroke and diabetes so this is an important revelation for those who care about their health.

After analysing local teas made from Zumbani (Lippia javanica), Makoni (Fadogia ancylantha), Resurrection plant, Mufandichimuka/ Umafavuke (Myrothamnus flabellifolius), Muwonde/ Umkhiwa (Ficus sycamora), Moringa oleifera and Baobab (Adansonia digitata), the researchers, led by Professor Maud Muchuwetu, found that the local herbal teas are rich in anti-oxidants and some of them have higher levels than most imported herbal teas including rooibos.

The University research team urged more aggressive marketing of local teas which are currently under-utilized.

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Anna Brazier
Anna Brazier is the editor of Naturally Zimbabwean. She was born in Zambia but has lived most of her life in Zimbabwe. She has a BSc in Ecology and an MSc in Sustainable Development and works as a consultant promoting sustainable agriculture, nutrition, traditional foods and community resilience in Africa and beyond. She lives in Harare with her husband and three children.