We are all about the healthy lifestyle and making it easily available for everyone. This week is National Herb Week and we deep dived into herbs with health benefits. In this blog we share 5 super healthy herbs and spices that you should include in your diet!
First of all it is important to realize that all health benefits of herbs are stronger when you buy them fresh and preferably also biological. Dried herbs will have the same benefits, though they will be less. Same goes for flavor: fresh herbs always have more flavor than dried ones.
There are many studies that prove the benefits of turmeric on the body and the brain. In India they have been using the herb for thousands of years in food and medicine. Because turmeric contains curcumin, it has an anti-inflammatory effect and it is a strong antioxidant.
It is also believed that cancer cells can be destroyed within 24 hours by adding a dose of Turmeric. In India, where the herb is used very often, certain types of cancer are found way less often than in the United States. We’re talking about for example colon, prostate and lung cancer. Last but not least turmeric is also believed to be good for the brain, as it can fight Alzheimer’s disease.
Parsley contains lots of vitamins (A & C) and minerals such as potassium, folic acids and fibers. It is also a great antioxidant. It is good for your heart and blood vessels.
Parsley is believed to fight diabetes. Researchers got curious about this phenomenon and started researching it. Studies indeed show that parsley has a positive effect on diabetes.
In general parsley is very good for your immune system and will give you stronger bones. And a nice little tip for all you beauty queens out there: parsley will give you a pretty and smooth skin as it cleans your skin from the inside out.
Cinnamon is not only super tasty in your banana pancake, but it also has lots of health benefits. Did you know, for example, that it is full of antioxidants and has an anti-inflammatory function? Cinnamon also fights bacteria that can cause urinary tract infection. Researchers believe that cinnamon can help fight the HIV-virus. Research showed that of 69 tested plants with medicinal function, cinnamon was most effective fighting HIV.
Research shows that cinnamon can lower the risk at heart diseases. Cinnamon decreases the level of total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides, while it keeps the HDL-cholesterol stable.
Just like parsley, cinnamon has a positive effect on diabetes. It increases your sensitivity for the insulin hormone. Besides that cinnamon also decreases the amount of sugar that gets in your blood after a meal.
Last but not least, cinnamon will help you in your weight loss journey! It is known to stimulate the the body to burn fat, stabilize the blood sugar level and and slow the breakdown of carbs.
Ginger is, just like lots of other herbs and spices in this list, very good for your stomach, intestines and fat burning. Researchers also expect ginger has a healing effect on colon cancer.
Ginger works great when you’re feeling nauseous or car sick. But it also works miracles when you have certain pains because it has an inflammatory function. Think of, for example, sore muscles and arthrosis. Ginger will also help you get rid of a variety of viruses and fungi.
As many others in this list ginger is also known to strengthen the immune system, stabilize the blood sugar level and cleanse the body. They also say it works as a natural painkiller.
The active ingredients in Rosemary have a healing function on your respiratory system, for example when you have a cold or allergies. It is an inflammatory herb and is also mentioned in association with curing cancer. Rosemary is usually connected to breast cancer. There are examples of treatment with rosemary, in which the cancer cells were influenced in such a way that they couldn’t reproduce anymore.
Rosemary is also known to improve your memory and your mood. So when someone is grumpy, feed them some rosemary! Whenever someone has a migraine, feel free to give them some rosemary too. It is known to cure this. Rosemary is very friendly to your intestinal flora.
Whenever you add rosemary to your beef before roasting or grilling it, it can protect you against heterocyclische amines, which are activated
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