How Rooibos can help 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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