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Rosemary & Oregano Have Diabetes-Fighting Compounds, Reveals New Study

Posted in Diabetes 25 Jul, 2014

It’s been well documented that most herbs are good for us. Many natural ones have been used for thousands of years to heal serious skin ailments, curb people’s alcohol intake and even kill life threatening cancer cells. As a result, most people like to keep their fair share of herbs stashed away in the medicine cabinet. It’s got to a point where scientists are finally beginning to validate these plants’ powers to relieve arthritis pain, reduce high blood sugar levels and cholesterol.

The latest study from the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry has found that oregano and rosemary have diabetes-fighting compounds. That’s amazing news for your blood sugar levels.

Here are the findings:

  • Experiment: four different herbs were put to the test, both commercial and greenhouse grown versions, to determine whether they affect an enzyme involved in type 2 diabetes.

  • Results: Commercial extracts of Mexican oregano, Greek oregano and rosemary were found to be much better inhibitors of the enzyme than their counterparts, the greenhouse-grown herbs.

  • Exciting claim: Not only do rosemary and oregano clearly stand out from other herbs, but they could also work in the same way as anti-diabetic medicine.

Summary of the study

In short, scientists discovered that greenhouse-grown oregano and rosemary were strong inhibitors of dipeptidyl peptidase, a diabetes related enzyme that prescription diabetes drugs also target. Furthermore, greenhouse-grown versions of these herbs have more flavonoids and polyphenols, the elements alleged to be diabetes protective.

Though further studies are needed to substantiate the role of these compounds in fighting type 2 diabetes, these herbs may offer a natural way to lower glucose levels in blood. The whole study can be found in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. As you’re all already aware, higher blood sugar levels are responsible for all kinds of horrible conditions from heart disease and arthritis symptoms to skin wrinkles and obesity.

Other health benefits of rosemary and oregano

Rosemary not only tastes great in culinary dishes such as lamb and chicken but it also contains rich sources of anti-inflammatory compounds. These help improve blood circulation and boost the immune system. Scientists have also found rosemary to be good for the brain because it contains carnosic acid, which fights off free radical damage in the brain.

Oregano is another important medicinal and culinary herb that’s been used over the years for medicine and cooking. It contains vitamin K, an important vitamin that promotes the maintenance of bone density and the formation of blood clotting proteins. Oregano has also shown potent antimicrobial activity; it contains an important compound named carvacol. That explains why oregano oil has continued to sell for decades.

The main takeaway for patients and beauty buffs alike is that rosemary and oregano helps to control inflammation in the body, reduce sugar levels and keep skin looking young.

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