KFB Health Talk! Let’s tell you about Rosemary Herb and how it makes people to live past 100

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“Rosemary, that’s for remembrance,” Shakespeare wrote more than 400 years ago. Those words ring true today.
Rosemary, a fragrant herb related to
mint that you can grow in your garden or buy at your local grocery
store, has been the talk of the health world ever since researchers at
the University of California, San Diego, announced new findings. They
identified a small fishing village south of Naples inside the Cilento
National Park that has an unusual concentration of citizens over the age
of 100, with very low rates of Alzheimer’s and heart disease. Many
research studies are now under way to identify why these people live so
long and so well.
But what was reported to be unique in
this town was the prevalence of the herb rosemary in the residents’
diet. The healing power of spices to battle inflammation and promote
healthy sugar levels, brains, and hearts is well-known. But rosemary may
not be getting the attention it deserves based on these new findings in
Italy. Here are some of the reported benefits of rosemary that you
should know about:
 It improves the health of arteries
All arteries are lined with a single
cell layer called your endothelium that covers eight tennis courts’
worth of surface area. In a 2011 study, healthy volunteers eating
rosemary extracts showed healthier arteries after three weeks.
It can improve memory
Shakespeare predicted it years ago—and now science has shown that measures of memory can be enhanced with rosemary.
It may suppress cancer cells
Studies of rosemary or its extracts on the growth of cancers such as colon, pancreatic, and ovarian show it may be beneficial.
It may improve arthritis
Rosemary has powerful anti-inflammatory
effects, and preliminary data indicate it may have a role in natural
therapy for arthritis.
It may improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels
Rosemary may activate a pathway called
AMP kinase, the same pathway triggered by the drug metformin and apple
cider vinegar. As such, improvements in measures of blood sugar and
cholesterol may follow.
It may help with hair loss
In a study randomising 50 men to
rosemary oil for hair loss compared to a prescription drug used for that
condition, a similar increase in hair count was seen in both groups.
The bottom line: The key lessons of
Cilento National Park, the home of the Mediterranean diet, are to eat a
locally sourced plant-based diet low in fats (two  tablespoons a day of
freshly pressed olive oil is typical, without butter or animal fats),
complemented by low-alcohol red wine and whole-grain breads made at
home, surrounded by friends and family.
The long-living people of Acciaroli also
remind us that herbs and spices, preferably homegrown or sourced
organic in markets, are some of the most concentrated forms of
life-sustaining phytonutrients.
I recommend rosemary, whether for
“remembrance,” heart health, hair loss, or other possible benefits, as a
daily addition in the quest for the good life, or la dolce vita. To get
started, here’s a recipe for a simple rosemary vinaigrette that you can
use to spice up your health—and hopefully achieve the healthy longevity
of the Italian southern coast:


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