Reference Number: 479
Objective: To evaluate the effects of oral rosemary on memory performance, anxiety, depression, and sleep quality in university students.
Methods: In this double-blinded randomized controlled trial, the 68 participating students randomly received 500 mg rosemary and placebo twice daily for one month. Prospective and retrospective memory performance, depression, anxiety and sleep quality of the students were measured using Prospective and Retrospective Memory Questionnaire, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Inventory at baseline and after one month.
Results: The scores of all the scales and subscales except the sleep latency and sleep duration components of Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Inventory were significantly decreased in the rosemary group in comparison with the control group after one month.
Conclusions: Rosemary as a traditional herb could be used to boost prospective and retrospective memory, reduce anxiety and depression, and improve sleep quality in university students.
Significance of this study to the baker:
This small human study finds that consumption of rosemary via supplementation twice a day for 30 days may boost memory, improve sleep and mental health in university students. Rosemary is rich in polyphenols with antioxidant properties, and serves as an important prebiotic. We use rosemary in our botanical blends and many of our recipes such as our Orange and Rosemary Sourdough Croutons.