IN THIS ISSUE

In this newsletter: Research leads to the creation of new knowledge. This is why the SA Rooibos Council allocated another R3 million for research on the health benefits of Rooibos. Recent research at NMMU also showed that Rooibos can help to reverse the onset of age-related diseases. Also read about the Rooibos Experience where 40 Rooibos traders showcased their products under one roof. Various articles unpack the health benefits of Rooibos and offer recipes for Rooibos drinks and dishes. Stay healthy with Rooibos this winter!

R3 million grant boosts Rooibos research

Rooibos research can pave the way for important findings and the development of nutraceutical products to combat disease. So says SA Rooibos Council spokesperson Ernest du Toit. The SARC has just commissioned research worth R3 million on the health properties of Rooibos. Various research institutions will study the ability of Rooibos to improve gut health, fight chronic inflammation, regulate blood pressure, support heart health and hold back ageing.

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Rooibos Experience: Bringing 40 Rooibos traders together under one roof

On 22 and 23 April this year, Rooibos lovers were treated to the first-ever Rooibos Experience at the Root 44 Market outside Stellenbosch. Visitors could taste and experiment with a wide range of Rooibos flavours in food and drinks while being treated to indigenous Riel dancing.

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Liezel Slabber joins Rooibos Ltd as new QA manager

On 1 May, Liezel Slabber was appointed as new Quality Assurance Manager at Rooibos Ltd. With a BSc degree in Domestic Science and more than 17 years of work experience, she brings valuable know-how of food safety and food quality systems to the table.

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Rooibos Ltd joins Rol & Jol for a good cause

Supporting a family in need – this is what the special Rol & Jol tournament at the Clanwilliam Bowling Club was all about. Last year, Henrico and Janine Hayward's daughter Arike was born with a rare lung condition. With Arike still in hospital, medical bills are piling up. A tournament was then organised to raise funds for her. Rooibos Ltd entered three teams.

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Enshin Karate Club receives transport sponsorship from Rooibos Ltd

On 1 April 2017, Clanwilliam's Enshin Karate Club wanted to participate in a training camp at Rhodes Memorial, Cape Town. For this, they needed transport. They once again contacted Rooibos Ltd for support. Says Xavier Goeieman, the club's instructor: "Our students enjoyed the training. Thank you for your willingness to always support us. We are proud to be associated with you."

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Rooibos research makes anti-ageing breakthrough

Two researchers from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University have discovered that Rooibos can help to preserve healthy fat tissue as the redistribution of fat, which occurs with age, has been linked to age-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. They have established that Rooibos protects preadipocytes – the cells found in fat tissue – from degenerating and therefore could reverse the onset of age-related diseases.

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Rooibos as a healthy, versatile drink

Rooibos has come a long way from simply being a pot of home-brewed tea. Food and drink trends include Rooibos-inspired wine, gin, cocktails, ice cream, smoothies and sauces. Rooibos also comes with a host of health benefits as it contains 50% more antioxidants than green tea. Includes recipes for Rooibos-poached salmon and a Rooibos cocktail.

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Stave off colds with Rooibos power smoothies

If you are looking for natural ways to beat the cold and flu season, sip on a Rooibos smoothie. Antioxidant-rich Rooibos can help to reduce cardiovascular disease, fight cancer and boost the immune system. Includes four recipes for nutrientpacked smoothies.

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African Rooibos offers benefits for people from all ages

This article, published on the Romanian website Acasa, talks about the health benefits of Rooibos. Rooibos does not contain any colourants or preservatives. It is rich in nutrients and minerals, including calcium, magnesium and potassium. The antioxidants in Rooibos gives it antibacterial, antiviral and even anticancer properties. Read article in Romanian.

How Rooibos will keep your child healthy and alert

The latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey says the poor state of South African children's school lunches and their consumption of sugar-laden drinks are worrying. Rooibos offers a healthy alternative to fizzy drinks. Rooibos will also keep your child's mind sharp since it shields the brain from stress and from a process known as lipid peroxidation.

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Improve your immunity by drinking Rooibos

The Brazilian website Cidadeverde.com provided a recipe for a Rooibos drink aimed at strengthening the immune system. It is made with Rooibos, ginger and propolis drops.

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Turn Rooibos into tasty iced teas

Rooibos is versatile and is used in recipes worldwide. These two iced teas are made with nutritious and flavourful Rooibos: Tuscan iced tea and Iced Rooibos.

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Wicked Lekker launches two fruit-flavoured Rooibos iced teas

Based in Massachusetts, USA, Wicked Lekker's Rooibos-based iced teas include Rooibos Black Currant and Rooibos Meyer Lemon. Both are sweetened with organic cane sugar and flavoured with fruit without the fruit "taking over the whole show".

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Pomegranate & Rooibos shampoo made with natural ingredients

Faith in Nature's award-winning Pomegranate & Rooibos shampoo is made with organic ingredients and essential oils. It is free from parabens and artificial colours. This shampoo with its natural fragrance is also biodegradable.

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Treat feet with foot mask socks containing Rooibos and other botanicals

The Magic Hour Exfoliating Foot Mask Socks contain a proprietary blend of 35 botanical ingredients including Rooibos, acerola and calendula to soothe tired feet. Calluses and dead skin gradually peel away on their own, leaving nothing but youthful, soft feet.

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Tea time is now with Numi's ready-to-drink Rooibos

Exploring the ready-to-drink tea market, Numi Organic Tea from Oakland in California is capturing trending flavours like jasmine, mint, Rooibos and hibiscus. Tea's lower caffeine content and caffeine-free herbal blends also make it "an additional revenue opportunity in any daypart".

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