The recent Two Oceans Marathon again highlighted how athletes use Rooibos to stay hydrated and replace electrolytes and minerals for sustained performance. Also read about the health benefits and uses of Rooibos in popular articles from as far afield as the USA, Canada, Spain and Romania. We quote from scientific articles confirming the health benefits of Rooibos. We also invite you to try out recipes with Rooibos - from cool cocktails to healthy roasted vegetables and kombucha. Enjoy the read with a mug of Rooibos!
What can athletes like Two Oceans runners drink to enhance their performance?
Sports scientists are touting Rooibos as an effective way for runners to stay hydrated and to enhance their performance as "Rooibos... offers athletes the critical electrolytes and minerals they need for sustained performance".
The Exploregram website explained the health benefits of Rooibos, saying that its medicinal attributes - which include the ability to reduce cancer, heart disease and premature aging - have been confirmed by the US Department of Agriculture in Washington DC.
Lose weight with zero-carb Rooibos
By swopping just one cup of coffee for kilojoule-free Rooibos every day, you could see as much as a kilo drop from the scale every month. If one considers that the average South African drinks about four cups of coffee a day, drinking Rooibos instead could lead to significant weight loss over a year.
What are the benefits of Rooibos?
The Spanish lifestyle website MSN Estilo de Vida featured an article on the health benefits of Rooibos, saying among others that mineral-rich Rooibos is good for stress relief and countering the effects of allergies.
A daily cup of Rooibos may soothe your heart
Health24 reported on a study that found that people who drank a cup of tea each day were 35% less likely to have a heart attack or other major cardiovascular event, compared to nondrinkers. The article also refers to the health benefits of Rooibos in this regard.
A cup a day prevents various diseases
The Romanian website Ziua de Cluj says a cup of Rooibos a day can help to prevent diabetes, cancer, heart disease and allergies.
Try out recipes with Rooibos from around the world
Rooibos is versatile and is used in recipes worldwide - from cocktails in New York to roasted veggies in South Africa. We invite you to try out these: Roasted cauliflower and broccoli, Rooibos Kombucha, various Rooibos cocktails, and Rooibos iced tea and iced lollies.
The science behind Rooibos
Research studies from South Africa, Italy, the UK and Switzerland have confirmed the bioavailability and safety of the antioxidants in Rooibos for humans.
The effect of black, green and Rooibos tea on osteoblast activity
A study published in the British journal Food & Function compared three types of commercially available teas - green, black and Rooibos tea - to determine whether the teas improved osteoblast activity (bone formation). The research supported epidemiological evidence suggesting that the consumption of these teas may benefit bone health.
Natural skin care with South African plants like Rooibos
Essentials magazine featured an article about six South African plants that can be used for natural skin care. This includes Rooibos, which can serve as a face wash to benefit from its anti-inflammatory properties or as a hair rinse to add shine. Also, Rooibos tea bags can soothe sore eyes.
The Parenting Hub website featured new Milk Galore products that may stimulate the flow of milk for breastfeeding mothers. This includes Rooibos sachets with iron-rich cumin.
Use Rooibos as a natural lullaby for babies
According to a CosmeticWeb article, Rooibos can help if your baby suffers from colic, insomnia, food allergies, stomach cramps or eczema. As a caffeine-free and low-tannin beverage, calming Rooibos is highly recommended for babies with digestive troubles.
The Canadian Living website says sugary drinks contain a lot of empty calories and have been linked to numerous health issues. Various alternatives are suggested, among them smoothies, home-made ice teas and herbal teas such as Rooibos.