The SA Rooibos Council is ramping up research to better understand how our indigenous tea fights disease.
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Rooibos Council is investing in new research to investigate the plant's health benefits.
The Council has invested R4,5-million into studying claims rooibos reduces symptoms of allergies, heart disease, diabetes, and skin cancer.
Scientists will also investigate rooibos's impact on gut flora, and the extent to which it can lessen the side-effects of anti-retroviral therapy.
Rooibos council spokesperson, Adele du Toit said the council wants to look at how many benefits a consumer can get from a simple cup of tea.