Herbs can be eaten in their fresh forms however products made from herbs can present unexpected risks, as many supplements contain active ingredients that have strong body effects.
Loading up on vegetables and fruit is good for your health. But there another-sometimes overlooked- nutritional powerhouse who should keep on hand in the kitchen: Herbs. Whether fresh or dried, these fragrant botanicals not only enhance the flavor of food- which can be particularly important when appetite wane or taste buds dull- but also may help cut back on salt. Polyphenols compounds that give herbs their unique flavors have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and other healthful properties. Polyphenols have been linked to beneficial health effects in both laboratory and human studies which lowers blood sugar.
These botanicals are tasty and often inexpensive, can help brighten up all sorts of meats and vegetables.
- 4 Aromatic All-Stars
Though much of the research on individual herbs is preliminary, these four are high in health compounds.
- Cilantro: The cilantro (coriander) plant contains polyphenols that may combat hypertension. It has a pungent taste but rich in powerful antioxidants, that’s why can be used in soups, stews, dressings and even on sandwiches.
- Mexican Oregano- This herb has naringenin which has anti-cancer properties, and cirsimaritin, an antioxidant that has anti-diabetes effects. The flavor is little bit citrusy, distinct from European oregano.
- Rosemary- Scientists have been studying the anti-cancer properties found in rosemary which is rich in polyphenols. It grows easily indoors (and outside in some climates) with spiky, inch long leaves year-round for sauces, stews, and rubs.
- Sage- A member of the same family as rosemary and thyme, sage has been linked to lower blood sugar and inflammation in animal studies. Sage pairs well with other herbs in its family and can boost the flavors of foods such as sausages and onions.
- 3 Herb- Rich Sauces
One easy way to use more herbs in cooking is to create sauces that incorporate the fragrant plants, which can be used for dipping bread, tossing pasta, marinating meat and more.
- Pesto- traditionally made with fresh basil, this savory sauce is just as good- though it will taste quite different- when made with fresh parsley or mint.
- Chimichurri- Parsley and crushed red pepper are the stars in this garlicky sauce, which is a staple component in Argentina.
- Green Chutney- Cilantro shines in this style of chutney, but all sorts of herbs and spices, including ginger and mint can also be added.
Herbs and Spices With Health Benefits
1.Cinnamon lowers levels of blood sugar and has a powerful anti-diabetic effect
2.Sage can improve memory and brain function.
3.Peppermint relieves pain from the IBS, and may reduce nausea.
4.Turmeric contains curcumin, an antiinflammatory substance with powerful effects.
5.Holy Basil helps combat immunity from pathogens and strengthens them.
Truth that you should be conscious of!!
SIDE EFFECTS OF GREEN TEA-
- Diabetes -Consumption might affect blood sugar control.
- Anxiety disorders– You can experience jitteriness, headache, and upset stomach.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS)-Can worsen diarrhea and IBS syndrome.
- High blood pressure– Can increase blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.
- Bleeding disorder-Can increase the risk of bleeding.
One must lowdown on herbal supplements. Many herbs come in supplement form, but these pills are largely unregulated. If you’re determined to take a supplement, check the label for a seal of quality and let your doctor know because some may interfere with medication.
Also read article on: WHEAT GRASS: The Green Blood
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Author – Priyanka Kataria
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Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women
University of Delhi