Rosemary and oregano may help fight diabetes

Rosemary and oregano may help fight diabetes

  • Eating organic foods is key to optimal health. Fresh organic foods are packed with antioxidants and unique nutrients that can keep your immune system in top shape. The nutrients in these organic foods can also help prevent and treat disease.
  • Herbs have always been known for their potent healing compounds. They provide unique, complex flavor to dishes and make a refreshing addition to tea and soups.
  • Rosemary and oregano are two popular herbs that are often used in Italian cooking such as pasta and sauces.
  • Lab tests are now showing that potent compounds in rosemary and oregano could work similar to prescribed anti-diabetic medications. In the study published by the American Chemical Society (ACS) in their publication Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the researchers point out why the way the herbs are grown matters, and which compounds specifically have anti-diabetic effects.
  • Elvira Gonzalez de Mejia and her team pointed out that in the year 2012, type-2 diabetes affected over 8 percent of Americans and cost the country a fortune ($175 billion to be exact). Some diabetics can manage with exercise and a proper diet, while others are subject to medication. However, not everyone can afford these expensive blood sugar-regulating pills. This study shows that organic herbs like rosemary and oregano can help provide similar effects to these medications that lower blood sugar.
  • Gonzalez de Mejia and the team analyzed four different herbs. Some were grown in a greenhouse while others were dried for commercial use. They tested these herbs to see how they interfered with a diabetes-related enzyme, which is how prescription drugs work.
  • They found that the herbs grown in greenhouses were more potent, as they contained more polyphenols and flavonoids than the commercially dried herbs. This difference in potency did not affect the concentration needed to inhibit the diabetic enzyme. The results showed that commercial Mexican oregano, Greek oregano, and rosemary were better at interfering with the enzyme than the greenhouse-grown herbs. More studies need to be conducted to confirm these benefits, but the results are very promising.
  • Tip: Add rosemary and oregano in your favorite soup, quinoa or pasta dish.
  • You can also add a dash of dried oregano and rosemary to a cup hot water and make a tea. 
  • AS ALWAYS: Check with your health practitioner before you change your diet. These organic foods are not meant to replace any treatment or drugs you are taking.
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  • 1. “Rosemary and Oregano Contain Diabetes-fighting Compounds.” ACS. American Chemical Society, 23 July 2014. Web. 25 July 2014.
  • 2. “Bioactive Compounds from Culinary Herbs Inhibit a Molecular Target for Type 2 Diabetes Management, Dipeptidyl Peptidase IV.” Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. ACS Publications, 01 June 2014. Web. 26 July 2014.
  • 3. “Rosemary, Oregano Contain Diabetes-fighting Compounds.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 23 July 2014. Web. 26 July 2014.
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