14 November 2011

Rooibos shows promise in curbing diabetes

A group of leading South African researchers are focusing their attention on rooibos and its anti-diabetic and anti-obesity properties.

Every year on 14 November the world celebrates World Diabetes Day to focus on diabetes, the silent killer disease that is fast escalating into a global health epidemic.

More than 300 million people have diabetes. If no effective intervention is found, this number is likely to more than double by 2030. Almost 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Obesity is directly associated with development of type 2 diabetes.

A positive outcome of this research in humans could lead to nutraceutical applications of rooibos extract which could have far-reaching health implications.


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