In this newsletter: Read about the increasing popularity of Rooibos locally and globally, and about the inventive commercial uses of Rooibos. Next, we talk about the research-backed anti-diabetic properties of Rooibos. Various articles explain how Rooibos helps to prevent heart disease, fight inflammation, enhance performance and support weight loss. We also invite you to try out recipes – cold tongue in a sweet-sour mustard sauce, almond and Rooibos apple rose tart, Rooibos fridge cake and more. Enjoy your read with a Rooibos treat!

More and more South African consumers prefer Rooibos

According to the 2016 South African Tea Industry Landscape Report, an increasing number of South Africans prefer Rooibos to black tea. The Rooibos Council's Ernest du Toit says although black tea still has a higher overall consumption than Rooibos, it is declining steadily whereas Rooibos consumption is growing locally and globally. Du Toit attributes this shift to the health benefits of Rooibos becoming more well-known.

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The innovative commercial applications of Rooibos and Honeybush

In October, South African producers presented talks on the various patents and trademarks of Rooibos and Honeybush at the World Intellectual Property Organisation's conference in Switzerland. Providing another example of how Rooibos and Honeybush can be applied commercially, Red Dawn IP Holdings has developed a method to preserve wine using Rooibos and Honeybush wood chips instead of sulphites - an innovation that is a "potential game changer".

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Rooibos lowers the risk of diabetes

Rooibos has the potential to delay and prevent the onset and progression of type 2 diabetes, according to recent studies by the SA Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and its research partners in Stellenbosch, Japan, Italy and Taiwan. In one study, Rooibos extract achieved significant glucose-lowering results in diabetic non-human primates, which has been described as a breakthrough discovery. Human trials have been earmarked for 2018.

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Watch news clip about the use of Rooibos in cocktails

The TV news channel eNCA showed an insert about the use of Rooibos as a healthy mixer in cocktails all over the world. The rise of Rooibos as a mixer can be ascribed to its naturally sweet yet kilojoule-free taste and its high antioxidant content.

Watch video clip.

South Africa's BOS iced tea brand wants to penetrate the US market

The BOS iced tea brand, made from organic Rooibos, has done well in Europe and now aspires to penetrate the competitive iced tea market in the USA. To differentiate itself in the iced tea market, BOS is doing innovative things like Twitter-activated vending machines. Legendary former Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson has invested in the BOS brand.

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Taste luxury and Rooibos at Coco Safar in Cape Town

The Coco Safar café bar in Cavendish, Claremont, is a combination of an espresso bar, capsule emporium, café and patisserie. Its capsule emporium sells speciality coffee capsules as well as red and green Rooibos capsules. Says co-owner Wilhelm Liebenberg: "We are incredibly proud of our Rooibos capsules. It's taken years of research and development to get it to this point, and the result is phenomenal."

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Research shows Rooibos can lessen the detrimental effects of ageing

Two scientists from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University have investigated the role of Rooibos in preventing or delaying the detrimental effects of ageing. Their study focused on the preservation of healthy fat tissue as the redistribution of fat has been linked to the onset of age-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. Their findings could lead to a breakthrough in regenerative medicine.

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The benefits of detox and herbal teas such as Rooibos

"Excessive consumption of caffeine can cause health issues such as headaches, anxiety and difficulty sleeping." This is why caffeine-free Rooibos is a healthier alternative. Also, antioxidant-rich Rooibos is believed to help those at risk of heart disease.

Read more in this article published in the British Grazia magazine.

Why Rooibos is one of the seven best foods to reduce the risk of heart disease

A study at Pennsylvania State University found that people who react badly to stressful situations have increased levels of inflammation, which is tied to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Drinking Rooibos is beneficial because it contains the unique flavanoid aspalathin which can reduce stress hormones to help protect the heart.

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Rooibos is "incredibly effective" in fighting disease

This article, published on the Lider Media website based in Zagreb, Croatia, explains why Rooibos has the ability to help maintain good health and protect the body against disease. The health benefits of Rooibos are ascribed to its "rich mineral content, powerful antioxidants … and high concentration of important essential elements and low tannin".

Read article in Croatian.

Rooibos is good for health and vitality

This article on the Slovenian news website Slovenske Novice talks about the health benefits of Rooibos. As Rooibos contains no caffeine, it is suitable for consumption throughout the day. Also, it has no kilojoules, which makes it ideal for those on a diet.

Read the article in Slovenian.

Rooibos promotes weight loss

Romania TV's website published an article on teas that support weight loss. This includes South African Rooibos which helps the body to detox. What's more, Rooibos is naturally sweet, which eliminates the need to add sugar.

Read article in Romanian.

How cyclists can improve their performance with Rooibos

The USA-based website Bicycling published an article on "five tasty teas" for optimal cycling performance. This includes antioxidant-rich Rooibos which is known for its ability to reduce inflammation and which may "help you to make a speedy recovery after a tough ride".

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The one drink you should have every day to fight inflammation

The health community is waking up to the risk of chronic inflammation, which is associated with various health issues. Rooibos, an "overlooked option", can help. A recent study found that green Rooibos, which is high in two phytonutrients called aspalathin and nothofagin, has the ability to fight inflammation.

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Try out these recipes with Rooibos as an ingredient

Rooibos is versatile and is used in recipes worldwide. Here is a recent selection of recipes to make: Calming Rooibos ice tea, cold tongue in a sweet-sour mustard sauce, almond and Rooibos apple rose tart, Rooibos iced tea with citrus and mint, Rooibos fridge cake, and a hot Rooibos drink.

See recipes.

A whole menu of treats made with Rooibos

This article, published in Sarie magazine, celebrates Rooibos as a flavour-enhancing ingredient in food by offering a whole menu of treats made with Rooibos. This includes Rooibos knäckebröd, Rooibos-smoked tomato soup, Rooibos pickles, cold meat with Rooibos mustard and baklava with Rooibos syrup.

See recipes in Afrikaans.