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Healthy Herbs nutrition facts

Healthy herbs have long been held an holistic place in our wellbeing. Prized since ancient times, and today, we even more depend upon them to purify our body, mind, and soul!

Of course, we all use herbal parts in our daily lives, one way or the other, whether for their rich flavor, for their healing power, or in lovely recipes. Herbal benefits are many; be it for spiritual reasons or to spice up your taste buds, or as a home remedy for ailments like cold, or sore throat... herbs are handy for each need!

Although, the herbs been in use in our diet since antiquity, only recently they have taken the center-stage of nutrition scientific world for their potential health benefiting and detoxification properties. 

mediterranian basil aloe-vera plant
Mediterranean sweet basil
Aloe vera plant

healthy herbs
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
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Here is the complete list of healthy herbs with their health benefits, nutrition value, culinary and medicinal uses:
      Basil herb
     burdock root
  Burdock root
       Anthriscus cerefolium
    Cilantro (coriander)
    Dill weed
   oregano herb
  Rosemary herb
  garden sage or common sage
  summer savory
   stevia rebaudiana plant
Sweet marjoram
   Thyme herb

Why to add herbs in our diet...? Health benefits of herbs:

  • Herbs contain unique anti-oxidants, essential oils, vitamins, phyto-sterols and many other plants derived nutrient substances, which help equip our body to fight against germs, toxins and to boost immunity level. Herbs are, in fact, medicines in smaller dosages.

  • Essential oils in herbs have been found to have anti-inflammatory function by inhibiting the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX), which mediates inflammatory cascade reaction inside the human body. The enzyme-inhibiting effect of essential oils in herbs makes it an important remedy for symptomatic relief in individuals with inflammatory health problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteo-arthritis, and inflammatory bowel conditions like ulcerative colitis.

  • Many unique compounds in the healthy herbs have been found to reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics.

  • Controlled-epidemiological studies have shown that certain compounds in garlic like those that thiosulfinates (allicin) can bring significant reduction in total cholesterol and in blood pressure, and thereby, helps cut down coronary artery disease and stroke risk.

  • Curcumin, together with other antioxidants in the turmeric, has been found to have anti-amyloid and anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, it is thought to be effective in preventing or at-least delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

  • The volatile oils, vitamins, and antioxidants in the herbs have cytotoxicity action against prostate, pancreatic, colon, endometrial cancer cells.

  • The chemical compounds in the herbs have been found to be anti-spasmodic, carminative, diaphoretic, analgesic, aphrodisiac, deodorant, digestive, antiseptic, lipolytic (fat and weight loss action), stimulant and stomachic actions when taken in appropriate dosage.

Culinary herbs

Herbs are a great addition to food, not just because they add special flavor and spicy taste to our food, but also contain many anti-microbial substances that help keep our food protected from these agents. In general, herbs are employed in small amounts while preparing recipes. They actually, provide flavor rather than substance to the food we eat.

Here are some serving tips:

  • Fresh healthy herb leaves can being used in the preparation of soups and herbal sauces.

  • Chopped, fresh herb leaves can impart richness to vegetable as well as fruit salads.

  • Along with other spicy items, selective healthy herbs are being used to enhance the flavor and taste of vegetable, chicken, fish and lean meat dishes.

  • Some herbal leaves and plant parts are increasingly been used as popular flavor drinks.

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