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 ROSEMARY (Rosmarinus officinalis):
February  2015 Issue / Vol. 3, No.3                                 The rest of your body on Rosemary 

   
      
Executive Chef
Ken Harvey
 
      
Chef de Cuisine 
Alexis Martinez

      
February 2015
Chef's Larder
     
      
Certified Sommelier
Shaun Adams

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Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Besides improving memory, cognition, and mood (see January’s Your Brain on Rosemary), rosemary is an antioxidant heavyweight that has accumulated tons of scientific research singing its praises. When you read through the roster of research, two things come to mind: A 19th century cure-all elixir, referred to as snake oil, and anti-inflammatory. The research on rosemary, over and over again, concludes it suppresses, heals, lowers, and protects (things like the liver) against a long list of diseases and ailments that have a root cause from inflammation. The big difference between the 19th century snake oils and rosemary is, as far as science is concerned, rosemary works. Here’s the lowdown: A few of the big players in rosemary’s chemistry are rosmarinic acid, caffeic acid and carnosol. Carnosol, suppresses nitric oxide. Take a look at what the Nitric Oxide Society, made up of Nobel laureates and cutting-edge scientists who think it’s critical to get information to the general public, says about nitric oxide: From diabetes to hypertension, cancer to drug addiction, stroke to intestinal motility, memory and learning disorders to septic shock, sunburn to anorexia, male impotence to tuberculosis, there is probably no pathological condition where nitric oxide does not play an important role. That about covers the bases. Regarding the rosmarinic and caffeic acids, one (again, among many) study concluded, “that rosemary and its constituents, especially caffeic acid derivatives such as rosmarinic acid, have a therapeutic potential in treatment or prevention of bronchial asthma, spasmogenic disorders, peptic ulcer, inflammatory diseases, hepatotoxicity, atherosclerosis, ischemic heart disease, cataract, cancer and poor sperm motility (Petersen; Simmonds 2003). The operative words are, prevention of. That pushy herb that wants to take over the garden can be a mighty amendment for good health.