By Nurahn Ryklief
A groundbreaking CPUT study has found that rooibos can improve liver function and protect it against oxidative damage. The study was hosted by the Oxidative Stress Research Centre and led by Dr Wale Ajuwon.
The study showed that giving rats access to rooibos (instead of water) helped to protect the liver against structural, enzymatic and biochemical damage. “These findings provide biological evidence that rooibos can protect the liver and that it has potential to be used as a supporting treatment for liver disorders,” he says.
Ajuwon says liver diseases and drug-induced liver injuries are a leading cause of death around the world, while synthetic drugs used to treat liver disorders often cause further damage to the liver. “That is why it is so exciting to present this evidence that rooibos can be used as a liver protector and an adjuvant therapy for the treatment and management of liver disorders.”
The findings of the study have been published in the journal “Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine”.
The full scientific paper is available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/984273
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