Our circulatory system, which includes the heart, lungs, arteries and veins, keeps hormones, nutrients, oxygen and other gases flowing throughout the body. Essentially, it’s our bodies delivery system and we couldn’t survive without it. However, when we allow stress to become king, when we eat terrible food, and when we choose sedentary lives over active ones, we set ourselves up for the leading cause of death—heart disease.
But, there are things we can do to combat heart disease. A plant-based diet high in Omega 3 fatty acids and low in trans fats, saturated fats and Omega 6 fatty acids, is a good start. As is regular exercise- these lifestyles can help prevent or reverse heart disease. But, new research published in the Journal of Medicinal Food has recently found that adding the herb rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) to your diet can also help treat heart disease. The reason is because compounds naturally found in rosemary have significant anti-inflammatory effects, which is an underlying factor in the condition.
There is a growing body of research that links heart disease to systemic low-grade inflammation throughout the blood vessels. So, while rosemary has been traditionally used throughout history in the treatment of headaches, memory and epilepsy, research shows it may also be a natural medicine for the treatment of heart disease.
The simplest way to benefit from rosemary’s circulation-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties is to add it to your food. It is a tasty addition to soups, stews, vegetable or poultry dishes. You can also add it to veggies like onions, carrots, and celery to make a delicious stock that can be used to make soups, gravy, sauces or to cook rice, quinoa, or other grain. Or, you can make tea.
Check out the video above to learn more about this amazing herb that deserves a permanent place in your home for good health.
Source: Epoch Times