IN THIS ISSUE

How does one produce up to 470 kg of Rooibos per hectare a year? Wimpie Smit of AMW Boerdery says it requires good management and some "old-fashioned" practices. Also read about the colouring books that Rooibos Ltd is sponsoring for primary school learners. This edition has a strong focus on the health benefits of Rooibos as explained in the media all over the world. Lastly, we offer a handful of recipes with Rooibos – from whiskey iced tea and pumpkin fritters with Rooibos caramel sauce to malva pudding with Rooibos custard. Make Rooibos your route to health.

NEWS

Rooibos: Good production management is key to higher yields

How does one produce up to 470 kg/ha of Rooibos a year? Wimpie Smit, co-owner of AMW Boerdery on the farm Jakkalsvlei near Clanwilliam, says sound production management is about soil preparation, crop rotation, pest control and weed management, and some "old-fashioned" practices like planting by hand and after rain.

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Rooibos is taking centre stage in the global drinks market

Rooibos is becoming one of the fastest-growing beverages in the global drinks market, says the SA Rooibos Council. If both export and local volumes were sold and enjoyed as pure Rooibos, it would equate to roughly 6 billion cups of Rooibos a year. Worldwide, the new-found appreciation of fine tea is leading to the establishment of tea shops and a renewed interest in Rooibos.

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How Rooibos can help children badly burnt by the sun

In South Africa, school children are often exposed to the risk of sunburn as a result of schools lacking sun protection policies. Local research has shown that sunburn in children significantly increases the risk of developing skin cancer and melanomas – the deadliest form of skin cancer – later in life. Research has also shown that Rooibos may help to prevent the development of skin cancer. Parents whose children have been sunburnt could turn to Rooibos for help.

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Why experts recommend Rooibos for better health

February is National Healthy Lifestyles Awareness Month, aimed at making people aware of lifestyle diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer, which are causing 60% of all deaths in SA annually. Scientists are now recognising the role of phenolic compounds in protecting against these diseases. This turns Rooibos – a good source of phenolic compounds – into a functional food that can help to prevent such diseases.

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Rooibos sponsors colouring books for primary school children

Rooibos Ltd has sponsored colouring books for learners from Grade 1 to 3 to help them grow foundational-level skills. The company has become involved in this project because "our children hold the future in their hands". Says Gerda de Wet, Communication Manager at Rooibos Ltd, "Handing the books to Sederberg Primary in Clanwilliam, it was sad to realise that some of the kids have never owned a colouring book before".

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Netball team competes in Cape Town tournament thanks to Rooibos Ltd

Rooibos Ltd supports sports development in its production area. That is why it has sponsored the netball team of Vanrhynsdorp to take part in the Zando 10s in Cape Town.

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HEALTH

Is Rooibos good for weight loss?

Rooibos supports weight loss in ten ways according this Newsdog article. Firstly, it is low in kilojoules and it is naturally sweet. Importantly, it can help to prevent inflammation-induced obesity, and it can help to prevent type 2 diabetes which has weight gain as an early symptom. Drinking Rooibos also helps to lower LDL cholesterol levels, which improves metabolism.

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Why Rooibos is unlike any other tea

Unlike black tea, Rooibos contains no theine. Also, this "red tea" is healthy because of its high antioxidant content. It is naturally sweet with a fruity flavour, which makes it ideal for poaching fruit, for example. As an infusion, it combines well with flavours such as lemon, berries, apple and cranberries.

Read more in French on this Belgian website.

Why red tea is better than green tea

Green tea has long been acknowledged for its health benefits, including weight loss assistance. But so does Rooibos, its "delicious rival". Rooibos is equally high in antioxidants, although these are sourced from different substances. The antioxidants in Rooibos – aspalathin and nothofagin – are rare, and help to regulate blood sugar, reduce excessive fat production and inhibit metabolic disorders.

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Five health benefits of Rooibos with its "army of antioxidants"

Rooibos, which is as South African as "braaivleis, rugby and sunshine", offers proven health benefits. This includes protection against cancer and heart disease, and protection against stress by reducing cortisol levels. The antioxidants in Rooibos enhances the ability of the body to fight inflammation and lower cholesterol levels.

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More than 10 reasons why Rooibos is good for you

To celebrate National Rooibos Day on 16 January this year, Health24 aggregated a number of articles that explain the health benefits of Rooibos. These benefits allude to the ability of Rooibos to block the onset of inflammation from skin exposed to UV rays. It also mentions the ability of antioxidant-rich Rooibos to protect the liver against disease and to help you lose weight.

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Special compounds in Rooibos support health

Rooibos with its "naturally sweet taste and floral aroma" is a source of the flavonoids luteolin and quercetin which inhibit certain types of cancer. Rooibos also helps with the absorption of iron and other nutrients. It is naturally caffeine-free, which helps to promote better sleep, and it is low in tannins, which means it does not have a bitter taste.

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Seven health benefits of sipping Rooibos

This article summarises a number of journal articles on Rooibos research. The bottom line is this: Rooibos is full of antioxidants, it is good for your heart, it can reduce cancer risk, treat diabetes, strengthen bones, help you lose weight, and fight allergies.

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How soothing Rooibos supports your health

Rooibos with "its delicious flavor and its medicinal properties" has the ability to reduce headaches, insomnia, asthma, eczema, hypertension, allergies, and premature aging. It also contains polyphenols with anti-inflammatory and antiviral qualities.

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RECIPES

Try out these recipes with Rooibos as ingredient

Rooibos is creatively used in drinks and dishes to add flavour, taste and nutritional value. We invite you to try out recipes ranging from whiskey iced tea and pumpkin fritters with Rooibos caramel sauce to vanilla Rooibos teabag cookies, and Amarula malva pudding with Rooibos custard.

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