In ancient times, many common herbs that we now use to season a roast or throw in a salad were used as integral parts of the healing arsenal. One such common herb is often seen as part of the landscape in many arid parts of the United States. It is the humble rosemary bush.
The Egyptians and the Greeks at one time considered rosemary to be a “sacred plant” and in Medieval Europe the herb was used a sign of remembrance for fidelity. The Romans too believed that it improved memory and in China it has been used for thousands of years for everything from treating headaches to curing baldness.
Recent research, however, is proving that it may also be a powerhouse of cancer prevention and reversal, especially for breast cancer.
Rosemary Is an antioxidant dynamo
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, rosemary’s many health benefits include: memory improvement, the relief of muscle pain and spasm, the stimulation of hair growth, support for the nervous and circulatory systems and the prevention of thrombosis. It also has antimicrobial properties and is a known antioxidant.
Its most impressive attribute, however, is the effect it has on cancer cells, including skin cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, leukemia and breast cancer.
What does science tell us about the power of rosemary?
In large part, rosemary’s anticancer properties are due to high levels of carnosic acid, rosmarinic acid and alpha tocopherol (vitamin E), all strong antioxidants. In particular, carnosol, also found in rosemary, has been proven to detoxify certain substances that initiate the growth of breast cancer tumors.
A 2007 study done by the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timişoara, Romania showed that when women with Stage III and IV breast cancer were given a special salad dressing high in rosemary (along with basil, sage, sea buckthorn berry, balsamic and grape seed oil), the oxidative stress reduced significantly in 95% of them.
The findings led the researchers to conclude that rosemary in conjunction with other bioactive herbal compounds “can lead to significant effects on health represent(ing) a promising adjuvant treatment in patients with advanced breast cancer…”
Rosemary Is safer than tamoxifen for reducing estrogen
Approximately 80% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have ER-positive breast cancer, which means that cancer cells are growing in response to the hormone estrogen. The most common conventional drug used to block the effects of estrogen is tamoxifen, which has more side effects than can be listed in one article, including cancer. In fact, tamoxifen is so dangerous that it has been classified as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization since the 1990’s.
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