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Scientific studies have found that a compound in rosemary can improve eye health, may even protect the eyes against macular degeneration or blindness with aging and age.

Report in the Journal of Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science says that a team of scientists from Sanford - Burnham Medical Research Institute, led by Stuart A Lipton found that carnosic acid, rosemary component in protecting the eyes from degeneration and retinal toxicity.

Macular degeneration is the most common type of eye disease in the United States (U.S), which affects nearly 11 million Americans. Most people affected are over 50 years old.
According to the American Health Assistance Foundation, macular degeneration causes damage to the central area of ​​the retina, so that the blind spots and blurred or distorted vision becomes. One-third of people aged 76 years suffering from this condition.

The cause of macular degeneration is not known for sure. However, some believed to be a contributing factor due to active smoking habits at a young age, sun exposure, high blood pressure, and obesity. Genetics is believed to be the cause of the next.

Several previous studies suggest that the disease can be slowed by antioxidants that fight free radicals. Lipton and his colleagues found that retinal cells can be treated with carnosic acid found in rosemary that trigger the production of antioxidant enzymes in cells. In turn, this will reduce the free radicals that damage cells.

The results of tests on animals showed that mice treated with rosemary has a clearer vision.

Studies from Kansas State University found that rosemary into the most effective drug of six kinds of other spices containing compounds against heterocyclic amines (HCA). HCA are the carcinogenic compounds produced when you eat animal foods, such as beef, chicken or grilled fish.

Rosemary comes from the Mediterranean region, but now can be found everywhere. Small shrub with leaves resembling pine needles are widely available in the form of dried herbs, supplements or essential oils. Try eating your grilled meat with a sprig of rosemary. This plant is easy to grow in pots only you.

Last changed: Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 10:39 am

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