Many of us, especially those who enjoy a good meal, are familiar with rosemary’s culinary powers. Less commonly known though, are the health benefits of rosemary.
The Italian village of Acciaroli is home to a community of heathy and happy centenarians. In fact, one in ten villagers is over 100 years old and free from many of the ailments that affect aging populations elsewhere. How? They eat a lot of rosemary. To be perfectly frank, they don’t just cook with it, they chew it raw.
The residents of Acciaroli have been consuming this herb for generations and are living proof of how it can help us enjoy a longer, fitter life – without having to join a gym or deprive ourselves of a glass of wine.
Science backs this up and has discovered that rosemary’s active ingredient - rosmarinic acid – is very good for us in more ways than one.
So, what are the main health benefits of rosemary?
1. It's an anti-oxidant
Rosemary contains carnosic acid, rosmarinic acid and sesamol – all of which have anti-
oxidant properties. Anti-oxidants are vital in the fight against free radicals which, if left
unchecked, can lead to chronic illnesses and health problems.
Rosemary gives the body’s anti-oxidant support a boost and can help protect the immune system, improve blood circulation and promote eye health.
2. It's an anti-inflammatory
Rosemary, along with other natural herbs and spices like turmeric and feverfew, contains
anti-inflammatory compounds. Cooked rosemary acts by enhancing the enzymes that fight free radicals responsible for chronic inflammation. Uncooked, the herbs flavonoids are remarkable and can inhibit the growth of pancreatic cancer cells and help prevent haemorrhoids.
3. It's reported to help prevent cancer
Recent studies have revealed that rosemary could help prevent the spread of cancerous cells and age-related skin damage. The herb contains fatty acids that encourage the cancer cells in tumours to stop reproducing and eventually die.
Rosemary has been found to detoxify substances that can initiate the cancer process. It's also a rich source of vitamin E - another powerful antioxidant.
4. It's reported to improve memory performance
Further studies into the health benefits of rosemary show that compounds in rosemary oil may improve memory performance. One of these compounds is called 1,8-cineole. Not only does it smell wonderful, but it potentially acts in the same way as the drugs licensed to treat dementia.
5. It strengthens joints and cartilage
Rosemary’s naturally-forming glucosamine has also been found to reinforce joints, including ligaments, tendons, cartilage and synovial fluid. Glucosamine, one of the body’s essential building blocks, can delay the breakdown of cartilage as well as rebuild it. It can also help prevent the development and progression of osteoarthritis.
There is no magical elixir to extend life unnaturally – and who of us would really want that?
We can however, try our best to live our lives as happily and as healthily as possible. To do that, we don’t need to chew on a stalk of rosemary (unless that’s your thing!), we can simply drink to our health with a bottle of No.1 Rosemary Water.
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