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Rosemary


Nutrient description/background:
  • A small evergreen, that is part of the mint family
  • Known as the herb of remembrance
  • Commonly associated with the Greek goddess Minerva, the goddess of knowledge
  • Rosemary is reported to contain a dozen aromatic compounds that are beneficial to memory

Nutrient Function(s):
  • Inhibits breakdown of the neurotransmitter acetylcholinesterase
  • Rosemary exhibits anti-mutagenic and tumor-inhibiting properties
  • Reduces inflammatory process

DRI/RDA:
  • Not applicable

Daily Dosage:
IndicationDose
General Health4-6 g daily

Food Sources:
  • Italian cuisine
  • Mediterranean cuisine

Indications/Health Claims
  • Improved memory and cognitive functioning
  • Stimulation of the immune system
  • Improved wound healing
  • Prevent and treat migraines
  • Prevent and treat microbial infections

Evidence for or against claims:
  • Studies indicate that rosemary has a mild antimicrobial and antiviral effect.
  • Clinical trials show rosemary to be beneficial to cognitive function.
  • Researchers recently investigated the effects of rosemary on Alzheimer's disease and found that rosemary had the ability to reduce risk of disease development, more research is needed.
  • Evidence does not support the use of rosemary for the treatment of migraines, wound healing, or digestive symptoms.