Can herbs like Rosemary help in managing diabetes?

In a recent study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry scientists report that herbs like rosemary, oregano and marjoram contain compounds that may have the ability to help manage type 2 diabetes in a similar fashion that prescribed drugs do.

The authors of the study remind us that 8% of the American population suffers from type 2 diabetes and that it is costing the U.S. around 175 billion dollars a year.

It’s important to note that some people have been able to manage diabetes simply by altering their diet and exercising. Other people have been able to manage it through prescription drugs. With that being said, there are a lot of people out there that do not have access to treatment or simply do not know how make the lifestyle changes necessary to keep their diabetes in check. This is why we need to keep looking for more ways to help people keep their glucose levels in check.

In the article they looked at the properties of oregano, marjoram and rosemary. Extracts were prepared from greenhouse grown and commercially dried forms of the plants. The researchers noted that the greenhouse herbs contained more polyphenols and flavonoids than the commercial dried versions did. What they found was compounds in rosemary, oregano and marjoram showed an ability to inhibit enzymes that would help play a role in insulin secretion and insulin signaling.   These are the same enzymes that have been identified as targets for drugs managing diabetes.

Lead researcher Prof. de Mejia and his team call for more research in understanding what roles these herbs may play in helping to manage type 2 diabetes.

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