Description

Strawberries – organicfacts.net

  • Improves Heart Function
  • Strawberries have high levels of heart-healthy antioxidants like ellagic acid and flavonoids like anthocyanin, catechin, quercetin, and kaempferol.
  • Strawberries are rich in iodine, Vitamin C, and phytochemicals, which help maintain the proper functioning of the nervous system. Potassium, in strawberries, also has been linked to an improved cognitive function by increasing blood flow to the brain.
  • Vitamin C, folate, anthocyanins, quercetin, and kaempferol are just a few of the many flavonoids in strawberries that act as excellent antioxidants. Together, they form a strong line of defense to fight cancer and tumor growth.
  • The anti-inflammatory power of the antioxidants in strawberries helps reduce the formation of blood clots that are linked with stroke.
  • Eating strawberries can prevent eye conditions like dry eyes, degeneration of the optic nerves, macular degeneration, vision defects, and increased susceptibility to infections. One more condition strawberries can fix is the disturbance in ocular pressure, the pressure within the eyes, which can be harmful. They also contain potassium, which helps in maintaining the correct pressure.
  • Studies show that eating strawberries, which have a low glycemic index (GI), can lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Strawberries are rich in potassium and magnesium and low in sodium. Potassium and magnesium act as vasodilators, meaning that they help reduce hypertension and the rigidity of arteries and blood vessels, easing the flow of blood to various parts of the body and keeps them functioning at their full potential.

Rosemary – www.organicfacts.net

  • According to USDA, fresh rosemary has a very high reserve of vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, thiamin, folate, as well as minerals like magnesium, calcium, copper, iron, and manganese. It has abundant antioxidants in its phenolic compounds such as diterpene, carnosol, and rosmarinic acid, as well as in its essential oils such as cineol, camphene, borneol, bornyl acetate, α-terpineol, and α-pinene.
  • The herb has high dietary fiber. It is low in cholesterol and sodium but high in saturated fats.
  • The oil of rosemary promotes hair growth, prevents baldness, slows graying, treats dandruff, and dry scalp. (This is an application process, and not a proven ingestion fact.)
  • One of the earliest documented uses of rosemary for health reasons was as a cognitive stimulant. It helps improve memory performance and quality. It is also known to boost alertness, intelligence, and focus.
  • Rosemary prevents beta-amyloid plaques and suppresses acetylcholinesterase (AChE), which are primary causes of Alzheimer’s, ataxia and dementia. It has also been linked to stimulating cognitive activity in the elderly as well as those suffering from other acute cognitive disorders.  A research titled “Brain Food for Alzheimer-Free Ageing: Focus on Herbal Medicines” suggests that rosemary is one of the best foods you can include in your diet.
  • The carnosic acid in rosemary has neuroprotective properties suggesting that it helps to reduce oxidative stress and overstimulation in nerve cells, ultimately protecting the nervous system. It is also known to protect certain parts of the brain from tissue damage such as ischemic injury, heals nervous tissue, and reduce blood clots.
  • Rosemary has been linked to lower levels of cirrhosis and a faster healing time of the liver, which is one of the slowest organs to heal. It also reduces plasma liver enzymes, which may cause type-2 diabetes. Carnosol prevents liver tissue distortion. It also prevents depletion of liver glycogen, the energy storage molecules.
  • A study conducted on the anti-depressant effects of rosemary concluded that the aroma of rosemary alone has been linked to improving mood and clearing the mind. It has a calming effect on those who suffer from chronic anxiety and depression. Furthermore, it reduces salivary cortisol (the stress hormone) levels, which helps ease tension in the body.
  • Carnosol in rosemary balances androgen and estrogen hormones in the body. It also lowers the release of DHT (dihydrotestosterone) hormone, which helps improve prostate health and enhance hair growth.
  • Prevents Cancer: The Nutrition and Cancer journal has published a study in 2015, which suggests that rosemary extract is very helpful in treating cancer.   Manganese, carnosol, rosmarinic acid, carnosic acid, and other rosemary extracts have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiproliferative, and anticancer properties.  They selectively kill cancer cells.  It has shown promising results in the treatment of various cancers including colon, blood, breast, prostate, ovarian, cervical, liver, lung, bladder, and pancreatic cancer.
  • The leaves of rosemary remove the phlegm and mucus from the respiratory system, providing relief from a cough, cold, flu, and even asthma. Rosmarinic acid prevents any kind of fluid accumulation in the lungs.
  • Rosemary extracts exert anti-inflammatory and anti-hyperglycaemic effects and promote weight loss. According to a study, carnosic acid-rich rosemary can be used as a preventive treatment for metabolic disorders.
  • Rosemary is specifically powerful against bacterial infections. It is linked to preventing staph infections, which causes lethal boils and blisters, and is highly contagious. It also eradicates various gram negative and gram-positive bacteria completely.
  • Due to its abundant antioxidant profile, rosemary has an anti-thrombotic effect and helps prevent blood clots.
  • Rosemary intake has been shown to prevent the growth of H. pylori bacteria, a dangerous pathogen that can cause stomach ulcers.
  • The active components in rosemary are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic in nature. This represents a three-pronged attack against many different diseases and pathogens that could threaten the immune system or damage the integrity of the body.
  • Rosemary increases bile flow and keeps the gallbladder functioning at its optimal best. This, in turn, helps maintain gut health and fight gut diseases like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and colitis.
  • Rosemary, with strong anti-inflammatory properties, has traditionally been used as a natural remedy for upset stomach, constipation, gas, bloating, and diarrhea. Adding it to your diet can help you regulate your bowel movements and your gastrointestinal system.
  • As a natural antibacterial agent, rosemary works as a wonderful breath freshener that improves your oral health. Steep rosemary leaves in a glass of hot water and then gargle or swish the water in your mouth to eliminate bacteria, and you will have naturally fresh and clean breath all night!
  • Rosemary acts as a stimulant for the body and boosts the production of red blood cells and blood flow.
  • When consumed orally, it acts as a pain reliever for headaches and migraines. It also relieves menstrual and stomach cramps, as well as kidney pain.
  • Carnosol and carnosic acids are two powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds found in rosemary that have been linked to reducing inflammation of muscles, blood vessels, and joints. This makes it an effective treatment for many things, including blood pressure, gout, arthritis, and injuries sustained during physical exertion or surgery. It is effective in oral or topical form. Furthermore, the reduction in inflammation in the cardiovascular system can help boost heart health and prevent atherosclerosis from appearing.
  • Rosemary is slightly diuretic in nature, meaning that it can help flush out toxins efficiently during urination. Furthermore, by increasing the rate at which water leaves the body, it can also help push out pathogens, salts, toxins, and even excess fat when consumed regularly. It helps cure uremia, majorly seen in people with thyroid dysfunction.
  • Antioxidant compounds in rosemary make a secondary line of defense behind the body’s own immune system. A significant amount of antioxidant in it include rosmarinic acid, caffeic acid, betulic acid, and carnosol.
  • The presence of carnosic acid in rosemary helps to prevent age-related macular degeneration, which affects the outer retina of the eye.
  • Antiepileptic properties of rosemary help reduce spams of involuntary muscles such as the heart.
  • Cineole in rosemary boosts body activities by enhancing locomotion, according to a study.