Rosemary and Oregano Herbs May Pack Punch to Stop
Type 2 Diabetes
Study reveals diabetes-fighting compounds and that
how they are grown makes a difference
Type 2 Diabetes at Age of Diagnosis
2011, 63% of the adult (aged 18–79 years) incident cases of
diabetes (i.e., cases diagnosed within the past year) were
diagnosed between the ages of 40 and 64 years. About 16% were
diagnosed at age 18–39 years, and about 21% were diagnosed at
age 65–79 years.
Data Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
National Center for Health Statistics, Division of Health
July 23, 2014 - The popular culinary herbs oregano
and rosemary are packed with healthful compounds, and now lab tests show
they could work in much the same way as prescription anti-diabetic
medication, scientists report in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and
The new study found that how the herbs are grown
makes a difference, and they also identified which compounds contribute
the most to this promising trait.
Elvira Gonzalez de Mejia and colleagues point out
that in 2012, type-2 diabetes affected more than 8 percent of Americans
and cost the country $175 billion. The disease primarily strikes
seniors, beginning its heavy assault after they pass 50 years of age and
picking before people reach age 60.
Some people can manage the disease with exercise
and changes to their diet, and others take medication. But not everyone
can stick to a new lifestyle or afford the prescription drugs necessary
to keep their blood-sugar level in check. Recent research has shown that
herbs could provide a natural way to help lower glucose in blood. So
Gonzalez de Mejia's team decided to take a closer look.
They tested four different herbs, either
greenhouse-grown or dried commercial versions, for their ability to
interfere with a diabetes-related enzyme, which is also a target of a
prescription drug for the disease.
They found that greenhouse herbs contained more
polyphenols and flavonoids compared to the equivalent commercial herbs.
But this didn't affect the concentration required to inhibit the enzyme.
Commercial extracts of Greek oregano, Mexican oregano and rosemary were
better inhibitors of the enzyme, required to reduce risk of type-2
diabetes, than greenhouse-grown herbs. The researchers say more studies
are needed to understand the role of these compounds in reducing the
risk of type-2 diabetes in humans.
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