The herb that crushes metabolic syndrome

Let me ask you a question…

Do you have one or more of the following symptoms?

  • Abdominal weight gain
  • Obesity
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Insulin resistance
  • High blood sugar

If the answer is yes, you have an altered metabolism, otherwise known as metabolic syndrome.

Unfortunately, when your metabolism is altered, it dramatically increases your risk for more serious health problems like diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

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While you could turn to pharmaceutical medications to treat the above symptoms, a far better course of action is turning to natural agents that provide therapeutic properties to combat these symptoms from the core.

And fortunately, there is one common herb containing 57 potent compounds that you can rely on as a metabolic remedy…

The simple culinary herb — rosemary.

Rosemary’s abundance of natural phytochemical compounds supply numerous positive properties, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, hypolipidemic (fat-reducing) and hypoglycemic (blood sugar-reducing) — just to name a few.

Yes, according to research, this seemingly ordinary culinary herb is literally bursting with disease-fighting metabolism-boosting potential…

Kick inflammation to the curb

Rosemary contains a compound called ursolic acid, which puts a direct halt on the production of several inflammatory molecules, along with reducing the number of them being produced in adipose (fat) tissue.

By knocking down the level of inflammation in your tissues, ursolic acid gives your body a chance to restore metabolism and chemistry back to proper function.

Reducing inflammation also means your body won’t store every sugar in your body as extra fat around your middle. And in fact, you might just experience a little weight loss around the midsection as an added bonus!

Sock it to blood sugar levels

Another highly active compound in rosemary called carnosol works to naturally lower blood sugar levels by suppressing the activity of certain enzymes.

This is particularly beneficial to people with type 2 diabetes as the suppression of these enzymes prevents the process called gluconeogenesis, a process where the liver produces glucose internally.

If you have type 2 diabetes, you may see the effects of gluconeogenesis reflected in high fasting blood sugar levels. But with the addition of rosemary you could see the opposite — reduced fasting glucose, urine sugar and A1c levels.

If you’re not diabetic, rosemary’s blood glucose regulating effects are equally important. The active compounds carnosol and carnosic acid aide glucose metabolism and liver function to prevent high cholesterol and obesity-related health problems.

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Rosemary’s potent compounds influence key enzymes involved in blood vessel constriction and relaxation, the effects of which are lower blood pressure and protection against cardiac hazards like heart attack and stroke.

Since rosemary is a culinary herb, it’s very easy to incorporate into your diet.

Here are a few creative ideas to consider:

  • Steep some loose-leaf rosemary into an aromatic tea.
  • Sprinkle the freshly chopped herb onto a piece of meat or fish at dinnertime.
  • Add it to a Chickpea Salad alongside other beneficial herbs.
  • Use rosemary in dressings and seasonings to spice up your savory dishes.
  • Include a breakfast or dinner side of Rosemary and Garlic Mushrooms.
  • Mix some of the herb into your butter to spread on toast, breadsticks, dinner rolls, or to be slathered over steamed vegetables.
  • Add generous amounts to a slow cooker meal of Rosemary-Garlic Chicken Leg Quarters.

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  1. Hassani F, et al. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) as a potential therapeutic plant in metabolic syndrome: a review. — Naunyn Schmiedeberg’s Archives Pharmacology. 2016;389(9):931-949.
Jedha Dening

By Jedha Dening

Jedha Dening is a qualified nutritionist (MNutr), researcher, author, freelance writer, and founder of type 2 diabetic nutrition site Diabetes Meal Plans. Her masters thesis on nutrition and inflammation was published and then presented at a national scientific conference. She has millions of words published in the health industry across various print and online publications. Having been in the field for over 15 years, she’s incredibly passionate about delving into the latest research to share the myths and truths surrounding nutrition and health. She believes when armed with the right knowledge, we’re empowered to make informed choices that can truly make a difference.