Talk on Rooibos and Heart Health in Cape Town – 19th November

Nov 06, 2014 No Comments by

On 19th November at 5pm at the SAAO Auditorium in Observatory, Professor Jeanine Marnewick,  Head of the Oxidative Stress Research Centre and Co-chair of the Biotechnology for Institute of Biomedical and Microbial Biotechnology,
at the, Cape Peninsula University of Technology will give a free public talk on ‘Rooibos and Heart Health’.

Abstract

The plant Aspalathus linearis (Brum.f) Dahlg. (Fabaceae) is traditionally used as a “tea” referred to as rooibos. The popularity of rooibos has increased world-wide and scientific studies of the past two decades made significant contributions to our current knowledge about the health aspects of this proudly South African herbal tea. Recently a number of studies reported on the effect of rooibos on heart health. Two separate human trials demonstrated that drinking rooibos daily can improve heart health. Results from both these studies suggest that the readily available and affordable rooibos can be considered an innovative way to impact important lifestyle diseases in South Africa.

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