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Oregano, rosemary may help with diabetes

Written by: QMI Agency
 

Jul. 23, 2014

Oregano and rosemary contain diabetes-fighting compounds, a new U.S. study has found.(Fotolia)


 

Oregano and rosemary contain diabetes-fighting compounds, a new U.S. study has found.

Researchers at the University of Illinois tested four different herbs, either grown in a greenhouse or dried commercial versions, to see if they interfere with an enzyme involved in Type 2 diabetes.

Commercial extracts of Greek oregano, Mexican oregano and rosemary were better inhibitors of the enzyme than greenhouse-grown herbs, the researchers found.

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The study appears in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry.

The researchers said the results are promising, but more studies should be completed to understand how exactly the herbs can help those with diabetes.

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