NMMU scientists in research breakthrough
Those who subscribe to the oft-cited beliefs in its miracle medicinal qualities now have scientific research to back up the reason why they cannot get enough of their favourite cup of rooibos tea.
While its antioxidant effects are well known, in a breakthrough in anti-ageing studies, NMMU researchers have found a compound in rooibos that slows down the development of agerelated diseases.
Varsity biology department Professor Maryna van de Venter said that while a lot of research had been done on rooibos tea, this was the first time a study such as this had been attempted and the results had been promising.
“Our research focused primarily on the preservation of healthy fat tissue as the redistribution of fat – a natural process which occurs with age – particularly to the abdominal region, has been linked to the onset of many age-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer.
“Our aim was to slow down the rate at which these diseases develop.”
Loss of fat under the skin also resulted in the appearance of wrinkles, sunken eyes and skin folds, Van de Venter said.
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