Research about Rooibos and the positive impact it might have on human health has been ongoing for years, and now finally scientists are in agreement that cardiologists from all over the world could soon be prescribing Rooibos as part of the therapeutic approach to tackle cardiovascular disease – a modern-day epidemic that annually claims 8 million lives worldwide.
Prof. Amanda Swart from the Biochemistry Department at Stellenbosch University says following an in-depth examination of peer-reviewed studies, spanning the last two decades, there is now overwhelming evidence that Rooibos has the potential, to both alleviate cardiovascular disease in sufferers aswell as lowering the risk of developing heart disease.
This holds tremendous possibilities not only for patients, but for the Rooibos sector and South Africa too, as the herb is exclusively farmed in the Western Cape.
The beneficial effects of Rooibos are largely attributed to the complex mix of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds. Currently 59 of these compounds have been identified of which aspalathin is one of the most abundant and also unique to Rooibos.
Prof. Swart says future research related to Rooibos should now progress to clinical trial phase in earnest.
To get the most from Rooibos, Prof. Swart advises drinking it as a tea, whether it be red or green, which will supply a constant stream of antioxidants, while keeping one sufficiently hydrated.
By all accounts, my 3 year old will live a very healthy life, as she guzzles at least 6 cups of Rooibos every day!