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Why add herbs in our diet? Health benefits of herbs:
- Herbs contain unique antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins, phytosterols 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 an 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 a valuable remedy for symptomatic relief in individuals with inflammatory health problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and inflammatory bowel conditions like ulcerative colitis.
- Many novel compounds in the healthy herbs have been found to reduce blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
- Controlled-epidemiological studies have shown that certain compounds in garlic like those that thiosulfinates (allicin) can bring significant reduction in total cholesterol and 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 burning and weight loss action), stimulant and stomachic effects when taken in a proper dosage.
Herbs are a great addition to food. It is not just because they add distinctive flavor and spicy taste to the food, but also contain many anti-microbial substances that help keep our food protected from these agents. Usually, chefs smear herb and spice mixture in small amounts over the raw foods, fish, and meat to marinate.
Here are some serving tips:
- Fresh herb leaves are being used in the preparation of soups and green sauces.
- Chopped, fresh herb leaves can impart richness to the 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 herbs and plant parts like mint, and ginger are increasingly being used to flavor juices and refreshing drinks.