antioxidant herbs

Antioxidant Herbs and Spices

Antioxidant Herbs for Health

Herbs and spices can take your cooking from mundane to marvellous. But did you know some of the common herbs you can easily grow are sources of antioxidants to improve your health?

We know that antioxidants are an essential component in our diets, helping to prevent cardiovascular diseases, cancer, degenerative diseases and inflammation.

antioxidant herbs

By growing your own organic herbs you can have a healthy and fresh source. Herbs offer the greatest benefits in their unprocessed state, so freshly grown ones in your garden or in pots will supply the most benefit to your health.

Stock up on the more exotic spices and you may even double the nutritional value of your meals, according to Dr. Mercola.

Another benefit of growing and using your own herbs is the fact that they are low in calories. They add a lot of flavor without adding calories to your cooking. As well they can provide anti-inflammatory and natural antioxidant power to your food. In fact, some herbs and spices, on a weight for weight basis, outrank the antioxidant power of the top healthy fruits and vegetables.

Oregano – highest antioxidant herb

Oregano is the herb with the highest level of antioxidant power, even outdoing the highly antioxidant blueberry! One tablespoon of fresh oregano has as much antioxidant power as an apple.

Marjoram, sage and thyme also rank highly as powerhouses of antioxidants. Grow these  herbs in your kitchen garden, use them often, and do your health a favour.

The Huffington Post recently featured this handy list of antioxidant herbs and spices based on their health benefits:

  • Rosemary and basil for their anti-inflammatory power
  • Cumin and sage for their dementia-fighting power
  • Cayenne and cinnamon for their obesity-fighting power
  • Coriander and cinnamon for their sugar regulating powers
  • Lemon grass, nutmeg, bay leaves and saffron for their calming effects
  • Turmeric for its cancer fighting power
  • Oregano for its fungus-beating power
  • Garlic, mustard seed and chicory for their heart-pumping power
  • Basil and thyme for their skin-saving power
  • Turmeric, basil, cinnamon, thyme, saffron, and ginger for their immune-boosting power
  • Coriander, rosemary, cayenne, allspice and black pepper for their depression-busting power

I’m not claiming these antioxidant herbs and spices will cure disease. The use of them will, however, contribute to your health and well-being when used properly. Use them in cooking, in teas, or even purchase and use quality essential oils. Do your own research, grow the herbs that you will use, and do some experimenting with teas and new recipes that incorporate them.

bookSo, if you haven’t already got a herb garden, or a few pots of fresh herbs on your patio or balcony, it’s time to get started!

Not sure about how to grow herbs? I’ve written a comprehensive book, available on Kindle – “Growing Culinary Herbs” – that is all you’ll need! It even includes a recipe section to get you started!