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Acuheart Integrative Fav Herb is California's Favorite Mediterranean Herb


A SUPERSTAR:

Rosemarinus officinalis, or Rosemary is a beautiful evergreen herb that grows with ease in southern California’s Mediterranean climate. Easy to care for, this herb can be planted in the yard, kept on a window-sill indoors, or potted on the patio. This herb can offer exceptional aromatics in favorite recipes and pack some awesome health benefits. Talk about win-win!

A Powerful Antioxidant

Dried rosemary spice has an ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) of 165,280 μ mol TE/100g and fresh rosemary leaves have an ORAC of 11,070 μ mol TE/100g. To put this in layman’s terms, rosemary is a powerful antioxidant that can help mitigate the harsh effects of harmful free radicals, reduce oxidative stress, and protect us on a cellular level! There are quite a few studies that exemplify the protective capacity of rosemary, and shows this herb offers liver, lung, and skin protection! Evidence is even suggestive to support rosemary’s effectiveness in combating numerous cancers by inhibiting and destroy cancer cells!

A Neuroprotectant

Carnosic acid, an antioxidant quality in rosemary, has demonstrated neuroprotective effects in studies. Protecting neurons from oxidative stress is important as oxidative stress plays an important role in cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

A Gut Superstar

Used for years to sooth digestive complaints, rosemary can enhance digestion. By stimulating the appetite, food can be digested and assimilated easier by the body. In studies, extract from rosemary leaves has shown rosemary to be a therapeutic anti-inflammatory for digestive conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Other research suggests rosemary is has antiulcer properties, and was capable of decreasing ulcers in rats by nearly half. Traditionally, rosemary has been used for indigestion, clearing congestion of the liver and gallbladder, and flatulence relief.

A Mood Enhancer

The scent of lavender is well known for it’s calming, mood enhancing properties but a study finds rosemary did more for mood enhancement than did lavender. So take a deep breath while cooking, smell the rosemary on the window sill, boil some in a pot for a pure uplifting household aromatic, or throw a few sprigs in the bath before soaking!

References:

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11. Minaiyan, M et al. “Effects of extract and essential oil of Rosmarinus officinalis L. on TNBS-induced colitis in rats” Research in pharmaceutical sciences vol. 6,1 (2011): 13-21.

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