Rooibos can reverse sun damage to the skin

Researchers from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and the Medical Research Council say they have discovered that Rooibos can reverse sun damage to the skin. Prof Wentzel Gelderblom, based at CPUT's Institute of Biomedical and Microbial Biotechnology, has been one of the lead researchers involved in the Rooibos study. He says they have found that once the skin has been exposed to the sun's ultra-violet rays, Rooibos extracts have the ability to remove precancerous cells and block the onset of inflammation. South Africa has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world with about 20 000 reported cases every year, which results in more than 700 deaths.