How Rooibos can help to protect women against heart disease

With cardiovascular disease claiming the lives of about 110 women in South Africa every day, it can no longer be considered a "man's disease". Therefore, National Heart Awareness Month in September also focused on raising women's awareness of cardio-vascular disease.

Heart disease should no longer be considered just a man's problem, as statistics of women living with the disease show. More women are dying of heart disease than men, and they are unlikely to survive their first attack, according to a statement from the South African Rooibos Council.

According to Prof Jeanine Marnewick, research indicates that drinking Rooibos could significantly reduce a woman's risk of contracting heart disease. The main heart-health promoting element in Rooibos is chrysoeriol, an antioxidant that helps to prevent vascular disease by inhibiting the migration of smooth muscle cells inside the aorta – a key cause of the narrowing or hardening of the arteries that may lead to a heart attack. Chrysoeriol is also an effective bronchodilator, and helps to lower blood pressure and relieve spasms.

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