By TNT Bureau
Oct 14, 2016: Herbs?the fresh or dried leaves of plants, can enhance the flavor of foods and help reduce the salt/sodium in your diet. Moreover, herbs do not add fat and are low in calories. However, one needs to know how to use them in foods and in what quantity. Here are a few disease-fighting herbs that can add flavor to your food and give you good health.
Thyme extract can reduce high blood pressure and lower cholesterol. Thyme can be used to lower heart rate by substituting it for salt in your foods. Thyme oil, which is obtained from its leaves, is often used as a natural cough remedy. So next time when you have a sore throat, drink some thyme tea. Thyme also boosts immunity as thyme is packed with vitamin C and is also a good source of vitamin A.
Thyme, a good source of copper, fiber, iron and manganese, can be used as powder in your food. One teaspoon of powdered thyme contains more than 20% of the daily iron you need. Thyme can be added to flavor roasted meat, vegetables, tomato sauce, and scrambled eggs.
Rosemary contains carnosic acid that help protect against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, this herb helps boost immune system and improves blood circulation. Studies have shown that rosemary is rich in antioxidants, which can neutralize harmful particles called free radicals. It improves digestion, and enhances memory and concentration.
Scientists have found that rosemary is good for your brain. Rosemary contains an ingredient called carnosic acid that can fight off free radical damage in the brain. You can use minced rosemary, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil to marinade meat or vegetables.
Coriander seeds, the fruit of the cilantro plant, can treat diabetes and promote cardiovascular health, say studies. When cooking with cilantro, it cuts down on sodium intake. Studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like cilantro decreases the risk of obesity, overall mortality, diabetes and heart disease while promoting healthy skin, hair, and increased energy, leading lowering weight. Cilantro can be added to tomatoes, onions, and jalapeno to make a fresh salsa.
Tarragon extract helps to treat diabetes as it improves insulin sensitivity, and kills ulcer-causing bacteria. This herb can be used as a flavoring agent, especially in Mediterranean cuisines. Tarragon is rich in phytonutrients as well as antioxidants that help promote health and prevent diseases. Scientific studies state that poly-phenolic compounds in this herb help lower blood sugar levels. Tarragon can be added to vegetables and sprinkled with olive oil to make a delicious salad.
Oregano, the cancer-fighting antioxidant has anti-bacterial properties as well. It can be sprinkled on any food to add flavor. It is a specie of Origanum, that belong to the mint family (Lamiaceae). The chemicals that give the herb its unique and pleasant smell are thymol, pinene, limonene, carvacrol, ocimene and caryophyllene.
Oregano is used to treat respiratory tract disorders, gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, menstrual cramps, and urinary tract disorders. The herb is also applied topically to help treat acne, dandruff, and other skin problem. Oregano contains fiber, iron, manganese, vitamin E, iron, calcium, omega fatty acids, manganese, and typtophan.
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