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Rosemary: an Option in Cancer Treatment

In all the times rosemary had a long history of use, both as a spice and as a natural remedy against a number of health disorders. These days, however, it attracts the attention of the scientists and researchers as a potential weapon against one of the most serious and life-threatening diseases – cancer.

Multiple trials have already been conducted to investigate its properties, discover its powers, and evaluate its effectiveness and possibility to be used as a treatment option in the fight against different types of cancer.

Trials results show that rosemary possesses strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Working as an antioxidant, rosemary fights against free radicals, which can contribute to the development of many chronic conditions, including cancer, as well as to the overall aging of the organism.

One of the rosemary’s main actions in the body is blocking the process of carcinogens binding to cellular DNA, making cells mutate. Besides, many animal trials concluded that the plant’s chemical compounds worked to promote carcinogens metabolism and diffusion in the liver, which resulted in the decrease of their toxicity. Scientists suggest that it was done by increasing the amount of liver enzymes responsible for carcinogens detoxification.

Similar results were obtained from the studies aimed at discovering whether rosemary could fight different types of cancer. Human bronchial cells in tissue culture were used in the studies.  As a result, it was found out that the plant extract increased the amount of bronchial cells enzymes responsible for carcinogens detoxification, as it had previously been discovered using animal liver cells. Consequently, scientists suggest that rosemary has potential to fight different types of cancer.  

Rosemary chemical structure includes phenolic components (rosmarinic, chlorogenic, and caffeic acids) and flavonoids (which work as antioxidants). Anti-inflammatory properties of the herb are explained by the presence of terpenoids (rosmarinic and ursolic acids, rosmanol, and carnosol). Ursolic acid is said to have anti-tumor properties as well.

The power of rosemary to lessen inflammation is also helpful in the fight against cancer. The matter is that inflammation is connected with the release of nitric oxide; its byproducts are, actually, free radicals, which damage DNA and can potentially lead to cancer development. Rosemary’s carnosol is said to reduce the production and release of nitric oxide. This theory was proved by several studies on mice.

It should also be noted here that scientists claim, referring to the conducted trials, rosemary can show cancer-fighting abilities when used as a whole plant rather than as extracts of certain components or of some parts of the herb.

It goes without saying that more trials on animals and clinical studies on humans are necessary to answer all the opened questions on rosemary benefits and possibilities to be used in cancer treatment. Hopefully, they will be done as soon as possible to save millions of lives in danger.

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