The Health Benefits of Rosemary

Don't forget its antioxidant powers.

| January/February 1999

  • In Latin, rosemary means ‘dew of the sea.’ Modern research shows that it contains antioxidants.
    Photo by D. Kane

After years of being known in the United States as little more than a culinary flavoring, rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is gaining respect for its potential to heal.

Recent research into rosemary’s chemical makeup shows that the herb contains antioxidants, which inhibit the action of free radicals—unstable molecules believed to cause many diseases, including cancer.

So far, studies of rosemary’s healing effects have been conducted only in test tubes and on animals, although human ­trials are planned. But animal studies show that rosemary’s antioxidants prevent cancer-causing compounds from binding to DNA.

Jim Duke, Ph.D., Herbs for Health editorial advisory board member and author of The Green Pharmacy (Rodale, 1997), says that these studies, along with additional ­evidence, point to the ability of rosemary’s antioxidants to prevent and suppress Alzheimer’s disease.

“Alzheimer’s has been blamed on oxidative and inflammatory processes and on the breakdown or deficiency of choline and acetylcholine in the brain,” Duke says. “Rosemary contains more than a dozen antioxidants and a half-dozen compounds reported to prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine.”

Further, Duke and other researchers say that rosemary is at least as effective as the Alzheimer’s drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but that rosemary is gentler on the body.

7/20/2015 5:03:26 AM

Thanks for all your information, Website is very nice and informative content.

7/20/2015 4:44:18 AM

This article is really fantastic and thanks for sharing the valuable post.

Subscribe today and save 58%

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living !

Mother Earth LivingWelcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $19.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $24.95.

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds