Herbs, apart from giving
additional taste in out meals, can also enhance their nutritional value.
Herbs are known to be rich in
phytochemicals, such as polyphenols, flavonoids and terpenes, that introduce
unique effects in the body.
Each herb has different benefits
and using it into your diet will make recipes healthier.
See below the most popular herbs
you can fit into your everyday life.
Basil: It is rich in phytochemicals, while studies report that it contributes to blood sugar regulation, immune system enhancement, stress relief and anxiety regulation, memory enhancement and skin health.
Mint: It has soothing
action on the intestine and researchers have shown that it promotes reduction
of dyspepsia and pain. You can use it in tea or make a mint beverage, which is
Dill: It contains strong anti-inflammatory
compounds, which also have fat-dissolving action. When combined with oily foods
(such as olive oil) it offers more benefits.
Chives: Low in calories,
but rich in beneficial nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants,
chives are the ideal choice to use it into your summer dishes. One tablespoon
covers 3% of the daily requirements for vitamins A and C. It also contains
vitamin K, folic acid, choline, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.
Oregano: Perhaps the most
popular flavor of the Mediterranean diet. It has antibacterial and
anti-inflammatory properties. It is a rich source of polyphenols and
contributes to digestive health.