The extract is from rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis Linn.), a common household plant that has
grown in the Alps since the Middle Ages, and is now found throughout the world. According to
folklore, rosemary takes its name from the Virgin Mary, who draped her cloak on a rosemary bush,
and then placed a white flower on top of the cloak. The flower turned blue overnight, and the plant
became known as the “Rose of Mary.”
Rosemarinic acid 5%~20%
Carnosic acid 3%~30%
Ursolic Acid 25%
Provides powerful antioxidant protection
Protects brain cells from the normal effects of aging
May slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease
Protects cells from carcinogens
Inhibits growth of cancer cells
Helps reduce allergy symptoms, especially to dust mites
Increases potency of vitamin E
Helps reduce hypertension
Antioxidants have been proven to deactivate free radicals, but not all antioxidants are equal. In
most cases, once an antioxidant has neutralized a free radical it is no longer useful as an
antioxidant because it becomes an inert compound. Or even worse, it becomes a free radical itself.
That’s where rosemary extract is significantly different. It has a longer life span of antioxidant
activity. Not only that, it contains more than two dozen antioxidants, including carnosic acid, one
of the only antioxidants that deactivates free radicals through a multilevel cascade approach.
In vitro studies have shown that as carnosic acid attacks free radicals it is transformed into at least
four other antioxidant compounds, each with the ability to neutralize additional free radicals. Most
antioxidants do not have this same capacity. Instead, they neutralize a free radical and are
transformed into an inert compound, or even worse, they become free radicals themselves.
When rosemary extract is combined with other antioxidants its potency increases. For instance,
vitamin E must be re-cycled after quenching a free radical before it can quench another. But when
it is combined with rosemary extract, the carnosic acid, which starts the cascade effect, rejuvenates
vitamin E back to its original state, so it can attack additional free radicals.