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.
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.