Research on Rooibos

Rooibos has many proven health properties, but there is still much to be discovered about this unique herbal tea from South Africa. Scientists around the world are investigating its complex composition, chemistry and bioactivity to help consumers understand how Rooibos protects the human body against disease and promotes health and longevity. Some of the recent findings to date are summarised here.

Rooibos alleviates allergies and inflammation

  • Rooibos helps to improve allergy status by booting the production of cytochrome P450, a key enzyme that helps to metabolise allergens (Journal of Pharmacological Science, 2007).
  • The antioxidant activity in Rooibos can help to reduce inflammation and can therefore help to combat colitis, a disease causing ulcers in the colon (Pediatrics International, 2009).

Rooibos regulates immune function

  • Rooibos can both stimulate and suppress the immune response, depending on how it is used. It therefore has the potential to treat several immune-related conditions, ranging from allergic skin conditions to bacterial infections (Journal of Immunoassay and Immunochemistry, 2010).

Rooibos calms stomach cramps

  • Rooibos is effective in treating stomach cramps and diarrhoea thanks to the calming effect of the flavonoids on the digestive system (Basic Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, 2006).

Rooibos may help you to stay younger for longer

  • Rooibos protects testicular tissue against oxidative damage, while reducing lipid peroxidation (African Journal of Biotechnology, 2011).
  • Rooibos shows promise as a therapy to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease (Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 2010)
  • Rooibos prolongs fertility and delays ageing in quail hens (British Poultry Science, 2008).
  • Rooibos protects the central nervous system and slows down age-related degeneration in the brains of rats (Neuroscience Letters, 1995).