Protection of rooibos could boost economic growth

4 August 2014
The recent ruling to protect the rooibos trademark under Geographical Indicators (GI) framework of South Africa’s intellectual property (IP) laws is a major step in protecting South African products and promoting economic growth and competitiveness.

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More scientific evidence for the anti-diabetic potential of Rooibos

Sithandiwe Mazibuko

A team of South African researchers has found more evidence suggesting rooibos may be beneficial in countering diabetes. Details of the study and a summary of other studies pointing to rooibos’ glucose-moderating effects follow below. According to the World Health Organisation by 2030 439 million people will suffer from diabetes, with the major increase happening in developing countries.

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Top News

Rooibos helps protect against skin cancer

People who spend a lot of time in the sun should consider using a skin care product containing rooibos extracts to prevent the development of skin cancer and to delay the onset of malignant tumours.

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Rooibos may deter fat cell development

Dr Micheline Sanderson


A new in vitro study in mouse cells suggests that Rooibos could inhibit the development of fat cells, or adipocytes, if the active compounds are able to reach pre-adipocytes (immature fat cells). The study, which was a collaboration between the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), has been accepted for publication and is currently in press in Phytomedicine

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Member News

Latest findings on polyphenols and antioxidants in Rooibos

Stellenbosch, 28 August 2012

In a three-year study supported by the SA Rooibos Council (2009 – 2011) Prof Lizette Joubert and her team at the Nietvoorbij Research Institute of Agricultural Research Council looked at the variation in phenolic content and antioxidant activity of fermented Rooibos tea, and how this is affected by different production seasons and quality grades.

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SARC Newsletter June 2012

newsletter-jun-2012 coverThis is the 3rd edition of the South African Rooibos Council’s Newsletter – a tool to keep our members and stakeholders up to date on developments in the industry, specifically the activities of the Council.

Please click here to download the SARC June 2012 Newsletter.