We often think of herbs as the leafy greens that we put on our food to add a little bit of culinary flair. But did you know that adding herbs to your diet can result in tremendous health benefits? Keep reading to learn more about how to incorporate some of our favorite herbs into your diet.
Basil – There are more than 60 varieties of basil that are used as seasoning for many types of food. Basil is most commonly used to make pesto, but it also tastes great in other pasta sauces, or on salads and sandwiches. Basil provides nutrients essential for cardiovascular health, such as vitamin A, through its concentration of carotenoids like beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a powerful anti-oxidant that helps prevent cholesterol build-up in the blood vessel walls, which can initiate the development of atherosclerosis.
Thyme – Thyme is an excellent source of vitamins C and A, iron, manganese, copper, and dietary fiber.
Thymol—This herb has well documented health benefits including a variety of flavonoids, which increases its antioxidant capacity.
Rosemary – There are many foods that pair well with rosemary such as vegetables, potatoes, white beans, chicken, lamb, and fish. Rosemary contains substances that are useful for stimulating the immune system, increasing circulation, and improving digestion. It also contains anti-inflammatory compounds that may make it useful for reducing the severity of asthma attacks.
Oregano – This herb goes well in Mediterranean dishes, salad dressings, marinara sauce, pizza and soup. Oregano is a strong source of vitamin K, manganese, iron, dietary fiber, and calcium.