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Prof Jeanine Marnewick

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The 2019/2020 NSTF-South32 for Communication Award was won by Prof Jeanine Marnewick , Research Chair: Biotechnology and Director: Applied Microbial and Health Biotechnology Institute, Cape Peninsula University of Technology received this Award for leading a team that promotes rooibos tea, to be included in a personal daily regime as a health promoting option, supported by science. For Professor Marnewick, the glaring absence of scientifically-supported evidence around health claims made about rooibos herbal tea and the misuse and misinterpretation of existing scientific outcomes set her course into the world of this popular beverage. She made it her goal to find out the health properties and science behind this leaf and to then disseminate true facts and information to those who enjoy its flavour and its health benefits


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