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 as art

“Rooibos is not only a fascinating medicinal plant, but also a beautiful shrub,” says Suellen Perold, who recently received a Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from Wellesley College in the USA (

She carried out research on the health benefits of Rooibos and included the shrub in a series of colour pencil illustrations as part of her studies. She also entered the Kirstenbosch Biennale 2013 competition with an illustration of Rooibos as one of the entries (illustration attached). Her illustrations of medicinal plants will be part of a show of botanical art, on view at Kirstenbosch, Cape Town from 30 August to 15 September 2013.


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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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Proposed trademark regulation a ‘milestone’ for the Rooibos industry

The publication of proposed regulations to protect the name Rooibos is an important first step in achieving international protection for the iconic South African plant and preventing misuse of the generic name...

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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.