Amanda Swart

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Amanda C. Swart is a South African biochemist who holds a professorship in biochemistry at Stellenbosch University.[1] She is known for her research on rooibos, a herbal tea popular in South Africa, and has been funded by the South African Rooibos Council in her research.[2] Her research has suggested that drinking rooibos may lower stress through the effects of two compounds in it, aspalathin and nothofagin, which (in laboratory conditions) block the production of stress hormone cortisol.[3] She has also suggested that rooibos may have beneficial effects for prostate cancer by blocking another hormone, dihydrotestosterone.[4]

Swart completed her doctorate at Stellenbosch in 1999, and returned to Stellenbosch as a faculty member in 2002.[5]


  1. ^ AC Swart Group, Stellenbosch University, Department of Biochemistry, retrieved 2016-07-26.
  2. ^ Skade, Thandi (January 25, 2012), "R2m grant to help reveal rooibos's merit", The Star.
  3. ^ Gernetzky, Karl (December 9, 2011), "If you see red, just drink rooibos tea", BusinessDay.
  4. ^ South African rooibos and honey-bush teas could fight cancer, South African Broadcasting Corporation, July 21, 2015.
  5. ^ "Speaker: Amanda C. Swart", 3rd Congress on Steroid Research, Chicago, November 2015, retrieved 2016-07-26.

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