What can we expect from the 2017 Rooibos season? Rooibos Ltd says although the harvest looks promising, it will still not meet the demand for Rooibos. Various popular articles explain the health benefits of Rooibos while five research studies confirm the unique ability of Rooibos to enhance health. Lastly, we invite you to make delicious dishes and drinks with Rooibos – from desserts and mocktails to iced teas and hot toddies. Take care – the Rooibos way.

What can we expect from the 2017 Rooibos season?

Rooibos plantations are looking better than a year ago. Also, it is expected that higher producer prices will lead to increased Rooibos cultivation in 2017. So says Johan Brand, Technical Manager of Rooibos Ltd. Although the 2017 Rooibos harvest seems bigger than in 2016, it will still not meet the local and global demand for Rooibos.

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How Rooibos helps to fight diabetes

Rooibos can help to combat or delay type 2 diabetes. So says Dr Nireshni Chellan of the SA Medical Research Council who has done 10 years of research to pinpoint the ability of Rooibos to enhance cellular metabolism and increase the breakdown of sugar into energy.

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South Africa's Rooibos 'offers almost limitless health benefits'

According to Prof Christo Muller of the SA Medical Research Council, scientists have only scratched the surface of the 'incredible healing potential' of Rooibos. This includes the ability to delay and prevent the onset and progression of type 2 diabetes. Also see diabetic-friendly recipes made with Rooibos.

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Rooibos will keep your child healthy and alert

A recent survey says the poor state of children's school lunches 'has become a cause for concern'. Two out of every three learners buy high-kilojoule sugary drinks at least twice a week. Rooibos, on the other hand, provides an affordable, tasty and nutritious alternative that will hydrate the body and help to keep your child's mind sharp as it shields the brain from stress.

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'Rooibos is magic', says scientists

Rooibos is globally recognised as a 'superfood' with health-boosting minerals and unique antioxidants that help to fight type 2 diabetes and heart disease while reducing blood cholesterol. One study led by CPUT's Professor Jeanine Marnewick showed a lower risk of heart disease in adults who drank six cups of Rooibos a day for six weeks.

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Five reasons why you should drink Rooibos

The health benefits of drinking Rooibos include improved insulin sensitivity and a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, blood clots and high blood pressure.

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Drink antioxidant-rich Rooibos for a healthy libido

According to experts, antioxidants are critical for a healthy libido because they ensure the healthy functioning of vital blood vessels and support the neurons that send feel-good messages to the brain. Rooibos is rich in antioxidants, ranking it right up there with libido jump-starters such as red wine and oysters.

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Do you know what Rooibos can do for you?

The beauty and health website Beleza e Saúde featured an article on the health benefits of Rooibos, mentioning its ability to help fight inflammation, allergies, water retention, digestive problems and skin conditions. Rooibos also helps to relieve irritability and insomnia.

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Learn about these seven health benefits of Rooibos

The USA-based website Naturally Savvy says Rooibos is the ideal night-time drink for people who suffer from insomnia because it contains no caffeine. Rooibos also contains no oxalic acid, which means those suffering from kidney stones can enjoy it too. In addition, immune-boosting Rooibos contains polyphenols which act as natural antiviral and antibacterial agents.

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How Rooibos can help you to lose weight

If you swap just one cup of sugary, milky coffee for kilojoule-free Rooibos every day, you could drop as much as a kilo a month. What's more, the aspalathin in Rooibos helps to reduce stress hormones that trigger hunger and fat storage.

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Rooibos enhances health in various ways

The Shanghai Daily website published an article on Rooibos and its health advantages, saying that Rooibos, if taken regularly, can boost the immune system and help to prevent heart disease and hypertension. The high mineral content of Rooibos also supports bone strength.

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Rooibos could mitigate the effects of drinking too much alcohol

Swopping alcohol for Rooibos after times of heavy drinking can help to reduce the risk of liver disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and peptic ulcers. Rooibos supports recovery and strengthens the immune system because it is rich in antioxidants and minerals.

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Why Rooibos will help you detox after the holidays

An article on South Africa's Longevity website explains the ability of Rooibos to counter the impact of alcohol. If you drink more than four units of alcohol a day, you have a much higher risk of developing liver disease. Rooibos can encourage proper liver functioning and inhibit fatty liver disease from developing.

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Try out these recipes for drinks and dishes with Rooibos as ingredient

Versatile Rooibos is used in recipes all over the world. We invite you to try out these dishes, treats and drinks: Chai iced tea and coconut granita, Rooibos mocktails, Rooibos-poached pears, Co Yo mince pies, Red hot Rooibos, iced teas, lemon-flavoured Rooibos biscuits and a hot toddy with apple cider and Rooibos.

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Rooibos and other herbal teas show in vitro chemopreventive properties

The cancer-preventing properties of Rooibos and Honeybush have been demonstrated on mouse skin in vivo but the underlying mechanisms are not clear. The aim of this study was to determine the anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic activity of methanol and aqueous extracts of Rooibos and two Honeybush species in different skin cells.

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Rooibos helps to counter the effects of nicotine on blood vessels

Dr Michelle Smit-Van Schalkwyk, who recently obtained her PhD from Stellenbosch University, investigated the ability of Rooibos to counter the effects of nicotine on the blood vessels of rats. Nicotine intake in rats leads to high blood pressure and the inability of blood vessels to relax. However, when the rats were given Rooibos, their blood vessels relaxed.

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Using capillary electrophoresis to analyse Rooibos and Honeybush phenolics

Rooibos and Honeybush are rich in health-enhancing polyphenols. The quantification of phenolics in extracts and teas for quality control and research purposes is generally performed using HPLC. This study reports on the quantitative capillary zone electrophoresis methods to analyse Honeybush and Rooibos phenolics. These methods offer cost-effective alternatives to HPLC analysis.

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How aspalathin protects the heart against hyperglycemia-induced oxidative damage

The protective mechanism of aspalathin in Rooibos is unknown. However, it is well known that phytochemical flavonoids reduce oxidative stress resulting in the up-regulation of antioxidant genes and enzymes. This study hypothesised that aspalathin protects the myocardium against HG and hyperglycemia-induced oxidative damage by up-regulating Nrf2 expression in H9c2 cardiomyocytes and diabetic mice.

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The cardioprotective effect of aspalathin against lipid toxicity in an H9c2 model

Aspalathin, a component of Rooibos, protects cardiomyocytes against hyperglycemia-induced shifts in substrate preference and subsequent apoptosis. However, the precise gene regulatory network is still unclear. To provide insight into this supposition, the direct effect of aspalathin in an isolated cell-based system was tested using an H9c2 cardiac muscle cell model.

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