In this issue we look at research on the ability of Rooibos to increase rats' sperm count and what this could potentially mean for male infertility. Rooibos Ltd recently sponsored a ceiling for a crèche, a maths diary for learners, a climbing wall for a farm school and a mural for a hospital. We also give an overview of new beverages and skin products containing Rooibos. For food lovers, we include Rooibos recipes for a breakfast tart, chicken thighs, macaroons and mocktails. Stay healthy with proudly South African Rooibos.

Can Rooibos boost male fertility?

Worldwide, male infertility is rising. A study conducted at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology compared the effects of Rooibos and other tea supplements on rat sperm and found that sperm count was significantly higher for rats on red and green Rooibos. The SA Rooibos Council says Rooibos could potentially have the same positive effect in men.

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Rooibos Ltd exhibits at the World Tea Expo, Las Vegas

In June this year, DMH Ingredients, which is Rooibos Ltd's official representative in the USA, showcased Rooibos at the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas. Attending the expo, Arend Redelinghuys, Marketing Director at Rooibos Ltd, said: "I was impressed by the number of visitors and the wide range of Rooibos products available in the USA." Rooibos Ltd was a Gold Sponsor of the exhibition.

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Rooibos featured on UK TV show Food Unwrapped on Channel 4

The UK prime-time series Food Unwrapped explores the production methods of some of our favourite foods. In February, Food Unwrapped's Kiran Jethwa travelled to the Cederberg Mountains to produce an insert on Rooibos, explaining that the aspalathin in Rooibos can help to lower glucose levels if you drink six cups of Rooibos a day.

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Rubro Rooibos featured on BBC news

This BBC news clip asks how Brexit will affect South African export products such as Rooibos and wine. Jo Hoets, director of ready-to-drink Rubro Rooibos, says South Africans are used to uncertainly and are therefore resilient. Currently, 90% of Rubro are exported to Britain. However, as the Brexit talks begin, so does a period of uncertainty.

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Rooibos Ltd sponsors a ceiling for the Cedarkidz building

When the Cedarkidz crèche in Clanwilliam needed a ceiling in order to install an air conditioner before summer, they approached Rooibos Ltd for financial assistance. Visiting the crèche, Gerda de Wet, Communication Manager at Rooibos Ltd, said the company gladly assisted with this request to help provide a safe and comfortable space for children from the area.

CAPTION: Gerda de Wet, Communication Manager at Rooibos Ltd (back row, second from right) visiting the Cedarkidz crèche in Clanwilliam.

Rooibos Ltd sponsors Klein Jakkalsies Maths Diary for primary school learners

When Ernst Bongers approached Rooibos Ltd for financial assistance to produce a mathematics diary for learners from Grades 4 to 7, the company immediately saw the value of this initiative aimed at helping learners to master basic mathematics. The first batch of booklets was delivered to the Graafwater Primary School.

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Rooibos Rockland Rangers receives a climbing wall thanks to Rooibos Ltd

Rooibos Ltd financed the materials for the building of a climbing wall for the Rooibos Rockland Rangers climbing club based at the Elizabethfontein Primary School near Clanwilliam. The school's competitive climbing club has already won competitions.

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Rooibos Ltd supports Clanwilliam Hospital's mural project

Ukrainian artist Tatiana Hurn, through the Nikao Community Project in Lamberts Bay, requested funding from Rooibos Ltd to paint an inspiring mural in the children's ward in Clanwilliam Hospital. The mural took five days to complete and is themed "Circle of Life". Nikao collaborates with other projects to positively impact rural communities.

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Rooibos can reverse sun damage to the skin

Researchers from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and the Medical Research Council say they have discovered that Rooibos can reverse sun damage to the skin. They have found that once the skin has been exposed to the sun's ultra-violet rays, Rooibos extracts have the ability to remove precancerous cells and block the onset of inflammation.

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Why Rooibos has unique anti-ageing potential

Two scientists from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University established that Rooibos protects preadipocytes – the predominant cells found in fat tissue – from degenerating and therefore could reverse the onset of age-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes and cancer. Rooibos can even keep wrinkles at bay.

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Eight health benefits of Rooibos

This article, featured on the Spanish website Globedia, explains the health benefits of Rooibos. Among others, Rooibos helps people to relax because it contains magnesium. It is also antibacterial and it helps to fight inflammation. Being rich in antioxidants, Rooibos protects against heart disease.

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Delicious Rooibos recipes for you to try out

Rooibos is versatile and is used in recipes worldwide to add flavour, colour and nutritional value. We invite you to try out these recipes: a breakfast tart with spicy Rooibos-poached pears, chicken thighs soaked in Rooibos and chili, Rooibos-based punch, Rooibos macaroons with a milk tart ice cream filling, Rooibos oats with stewed apples, and three Rooibos mocktails.

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From Canada: Tazo Vanilla Rooibos

Walmart in Canada now sells Tazo's Vanilla Rooibos Herbal Tea in teabags. Each tin contains 15 full-leaf sachets.

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From Belgium: Tao Rooibos Ice Tea

Tao's Pure Infusion Rooibos Tea is made with Rooibos, plum juice and elder blossoms. This preservative-free tea infusion is made from quality ingredients and is low in kilojoules.

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From South Africa: MatsiMela Rooibos & Honey range

Made from the finest natural ingredients, MatsiMela combines Rooibos and honey in a range of products that includes a body butter, scrub, hand cream, shampoo and conditioner.

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From Denmark: Little Miracles Rooibos & Elderberry Organic Energizer

Little Miracles blends organic tea with fruit juice. The Rooibos & Elderberry Organic Energizer contains Rooibos, elderberry, ginseng and ginger – all chosen for their health properties.

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From the USA: Brickell Body Lotion

Brickell's Deep Moisture Body Lotion for men is formulated with Rooibos, aloe leaf juice, jojoba seed oil, green tea extract and other ingredients to moisturise dry, chapped skin.

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From the USA: Brickell Anti-Ageing Cream

Brickell's Anti-Ageing Cream for men contains aloe, jojoba oil, shea butter, evening primrose oil, Rooibos and other ingredients to hydrate, firm and tighten the skin.

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From the USA: Teavana Craft Iced Tea Pineapple Berry Blue

Teavana's ready-to-drink Craft Iced Tea Pineapple Berry Blue is made with, among others, Rooibos, pineapple and berries.

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From Canada: Tealish's Fairy Dust Iced Tea

Tealish's Fairy Dust Iced Tea teabags contain Rooibos, Honeybush, strawberry, apple, elderflower and rose petals. The tea must be steeped for three to five minutes and can be sweetened with honey.

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