IN THIS ISSUE

Rooibos is inspirational. It inspires researchers to find out more about the ability of this unique plant to fight cancer and diabetes. It inspires the creation of innovative products (such as Coco Safar's new cold-brewed Rooibos) and the opening up of new markets (like in China). It even inspired a woman to turn used tea bags into purses now sold in Paris. Need inspiration to treat your guests? Why not try out Caramel Rooibos Cheesecake or Cranberry Tea Cake? All it takes is a touch of Rooibos.

NEWS

Launching a Rooibos activation programme in China

Presentations on Rooibos, a display of Rooibos products, tables set with Rooibos teas to taste and Rooibos-infused pastries to eat, and even a Rooibos masterclass – this formed part of the Rooibos activation programme hosted at the Regent Hotel, Beijing, on 15 March to increase awareness of Rooibos in the Chinese market.

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Coco Safar launches micro-brewery to make beverages from Rooibos and other botanicals

Luxury coffee, pâtisserie and café brand Coco Safar unveiled its new botanical micro-brewery at its flagship store in Sea Point, Cape Town. It also introduced four house-brewed drinks made from botanical ingredients and "superfoods" such as Rooibos. This includes sparkling Red Rooibos and Green Rooibos and, for the craft gin lovers, Rooibos-infused House Tonic.

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How the humble Rooibos tea bag is taking over Paris

Who would have thought that purses made from used Rooibos tea bags would become a fashion accessory in Paris? Gracious Dube, originally from Zimbabwe and now living in Cape Town, said she stumbled upon the idea while drinking a cup of Rooibos. She starts off by drying and ironing the tea bags. Once done, the tea bags are varnished and glued or stitched onto silk. "My mom and son are also very supportive and just love that my purses are making headlines in Paris."

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Choose a nourishing skincare range formulated with Rooibos

Inspired by the healing power of nature, the skincare products from African Extracts Rooibos have been formulated to take optimal care of your skin. The key ingredient in this range of paraben-free cleansers and creams is Rooibos extract which is rich in antioxidants and bio-active ingredients to repair, nourish and protect the skin. No testing on animals was allowed.

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Rooibos Ltd sponsors clothing for local rugby and netball teams

Rooibos Ltd sponsored track suits for the u/13 rugby and netball teams of Augsburg Agricultural Gymnasium in Clanwilliam.

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Augsburg Agricultural Gymnasium's sports event generously supported by Rooibos Ltd

Rooibos Ltd was the main sponsor of Augsburg Agricultural Gymnasium's Rooikat Sports Weekend in which 20 schools' rugby and netball teams participated. Says Gerda de Wet, Communication Manager at Rooibos Ltd, "By supporting sports events for children, we invest in their well-being and ultimately help to build the resilience of their communities."

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Team from Rooibos Ltd cooks in potjie competition at Clanwilliam Expo

Rooibos Ltd sponsored a team of employees to compete in the potjiekos competition at the annual Clanwilliam Expo. We are very proud of these staff members who focused on team work, taste and technique to come up with a mouth-watering potjie.

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Athletes receive clothing from Rooibos Ltd for championships

Rooibos Ltd sponsored less privileged athletes to participate in championships countrywide. They were Alfonso Samson, Christo van Rooy and Jeandré Fransman, with their coach Cor Nieuwoudt.

Rooibos Ltd gives prize money for Bokkeveld Conservancy's potjiekos competition

In April, a sports day was organised for the children of Nieuwouldtville. This formed part of the Bokkeveld Conservancy's community development programme. But a sports event goes hand in hand with a potjiekos competition. This gave 12 teams a chance to compete, network and at the same time provide lunch for over 200 children. Rooibos Ltd sponsored the prizes for the potjiekos competition.

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HEALTH

Rooibos and Honeybush shown to fight prostate and breast cancer

An article on Natural News Blogs highlighted the ability of Rooibos and Honeybush to fight cancer. Research from Stellenbosch University found that Rooibos extract interferes with the male sex hormone dihydrotestosterone that can cause prostate cancer. Other research showed that the chemicals in Honeybush extract can either block or decrease the oestrogen that makes certain cancers grow.

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Antioxidant-rich Rooibos fights inflammation and lowers cholesterol

The website Milliyet Blog published an article on the health properties of Rooibos, mentioning the rich antioxidant and mineral content, and the inflammation-fighting and cholesterol-lowering properties of this "African tea".

Read article in Turkish.

Rooibos – a tea from Africa for everybody

The website Fiancee Bodas & Eventos explained the benefits of Rooibos in a recent article. Mexico has a tradition of consuming herbal teas to relax the body and mind or to support health. Rooibos is suggested as a perfect drink because of its high antioxidant and mineral content and absence of caffeine, oxalic acid, preservatives and additives.

Read article in Spanish.

RESEARCH

Enriched green Rooibos extract offers anti-diabetic and other benefits

The Agricultural Research Council, SA Medical Research Council and Afriplex have produced a Rooibos extract enriched with aspalathin. Prof Lizette Joubert of ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij spent more than 10 years exploring the anti-diabetic properties of Rooibos, leading to the development of this extract. It will now be used in products aimed at managing conditions linked to cholesterol, blood glucose and insulin resistance. A human trial has been earmarked for 2018.

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How Rooibos can help to prevent and treat diabetes mellitus

There is a growing interest in the use of plant-derived polyphenols as nutraceuticals to prevent the onset and progression of diabetes mellitus. Rooibos is a rich source of uncommon glycosylated plant polyphenols that can help to prevent and treat diabetes mellitus. This study examined these effects by meta-analysing the current evidence in diabetic rodent models. It was found that blood glucose levels were significantly lower in diabetic rodents treated with Rooibos extracts.

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RECIPES

Recipes with a special touch of Rooibos

Rooibos is used in various recipes to add flavour, nutrients and colour. We have hand-picked a selection of these for you: Caramel Rooibos Cheesecake, Hot Tropical Punch, Rooibos Cranberry Tea Cake, and Warm Rooibos Tea Shake.

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