There are plenty of ways you can look after your health to ensure that you live long enough to see your grandchildren get married or to spend your retirement travelling the world. One that stands out as simple yet super effective is drinking Rooibos tea to ensure the health of your heart. According to the World Health Organisation, Cardiovascular disease, aka heart disease, is the number one cause of death globally, and in 2015, an estimated 17.7 million people died from some form of cardiovascular disease.
Manage Your Cholesterol
The American Heart Health Association describes cholesterol as ‘a waxy substance. It’s not “bad”: your body needs it to build cells. But too much can be a problem.’ Cholesterol is created by the liver and also comes from the food you consume. It has a nasty habit of coating your arteries in the abovementioned waxy substance to such an extent that it limits the flow of blood to important organs like the heart and brain. This can cause heart attacks and strokes.
Get to know Chrysoeriol
One thing Rooibos is rich in is antioxidants, and there is one in particular that we should pay attention to when it comes to heart health: Chrysoeriol. According to Japanese scientists, who have been doing extensive research for the past 20 years, it can prevent and treat vascular disease and is known for its antioxidant, cancer-fighting and anti-inflammatory properties. “Although chrysoeriol is not the most abundant antioxidant in Rooibos, we are now beginning to understand its other properties that may contribute to the overall health benefits of Rooibos,” Professor Jeanine Marnewick, a specialist researcher at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, said.
Rooibos and Heart Health
Ernest du Toit, spokesperson for the SA Rooibos
Council (SARC) and CEO of Annique, says, “With more South Africans dying from heart disease and strokes than ever before, these studies underline the value of Rooibos as a widely available, affordable and uniquely South African product rich in dietary antioxidants, which promotes heart health. Rooibos, in combination with an overall healthy diet with fish, fruits and vegetables, and less processed foods, could significantly reduce the risk of heart disease,” says du Toit.
Make sure you take six cups op Annique Rooibos Tea every day!