Drinking rosemary is often used as a flavoring to help flavor wine, beer, and other alcoholic beverages.
But that flavoring can cause serious health problems if it comes into contact with blood, particularly if you drink it for long periods of time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine discovered that drinking rosemarmalade water for as little as four hours caused acute liver damage and other serious health conditions in lab mice.
The researchers also discovered that consuming rosemary drinking water can cause liver damage in rats that are exposed to it for hours at a time.
The researchers say that in some cases, drinking rosemead water can trigger acute liver failure and even death.
For instance, mice that had consumed two tablespoons of rosemary rosewater for four hours had liver damage, and they also had liver failure in rats fed the same amounts of the same diet as the rats who didn’t drink rosemary for four or more hours.
And rats that had been drinking rosemay water for up to four hours in the lab showed signs of liver damage.
The study suggests that rosemary may cause liver disease because it contains a chemical called catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) that binds with alcohol and can trigger alcohol-related problems, according the researchers.
The chemical is released when alcohol is consumed and is thought to cause liver dysfunction in humans.
“These findings provide a strong argument for avoiding drinking rose water for extended periods of a long period,” said Dr. Robert Osterholm, lead author of the study and an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the Hopkins School of Science and Health Sciences.
“In addition, the compounds in rosemary, when ingested, can trigger liver damage through their direct interaction with alcohol.”
The researchers also found that rosemame is toxic to mice, even when they were given a placebo.
Mice that had eaten two tablespoons each of rosemamed water for four and a half hours also developed liver damage even though they had received a placebo, the researchers found.
The findings suggest that the rosemary in rosemamelade can cause a liver damage that can result in death in humans if not properly treated.
Dr. Osterwald said that while it is not known exactly how long rosemary extract can stay in the liver, it seems to be able to stay there for several days.
He said that the chemical can be converted to alcohol and has been shown to be very toxic to the liver.
“Because of this, we are recommending that consumers avoid ingesting rosemary after consuming it for extended amounts of time,” he said.
“We think that people should also drink less rosemary and eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables,” he added.
“As we get more evidence that rosemarmame causes liver damage more and more, we will be recommending that people drink less and eat less of the herb.”