They make your food taste good but that is not their only virtue. Fresh herbs and spices are a complement to any diet. They can help keep your internal system functioning at peak performance.
Down Memory Lane
Before there were medicines like we have today, people lived off the land for their healing. Wise women and men in the community used their knowledge of herbs to aid in making medicinal preparations for those who were sick. It was not uncommon to see a poultice or a salve in a home. The mortar and pestle were common tools of the trade in healing.
Nowadays we have pills and capsules, but they were based on the long ago teaching of herbs. Even if you don’t use herbs and some spices for your health care you can use them to keep your body healthy through a balanced diet. You eat them for the taste, but learning about the added health benefits of what you are sprinkling on your dinner is an added bonus.
What you can Avoid with Herbs and Spices
If you ask anyone, the most common “spices” on any table are salt and pepper. Our food could be doing so much better. There is an entire world of tastes, smells and textures just waiting for you. And, fresh herbs and spices are abundant. Why, just visit any farmer’s market and you can purchase a potted herb: rosemary, marjoram, thyme, oregano, dill, basil, lemon balm – and the list goes on. Just a few simple steps and you can have fresh herbs to use whenever you need them.
Now, what can these herbs and spices do for me, you might ask? For one, the addition of other herbs and spices to your meals, in lieu of salt, can help keep your blood pressure under control. Too much salt or sodium intake can lead to bloating and high blood pressure in those that are already susceptible.
And, if you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, salt is often not on the menu anymore anyway. Other spices can liven up your food and make you less likely to sneak a shake of that salt.
Many herbs have cancer properties, meaning that they can lower your cancer risk or slow down the growth of cancerous tumors. Others can lower triglyceride and LDL (bad cholesterol) levels in the blood which can lead to the onset of Type 2 diabetes. They also play a role in lowering blood sugar which is great for those who are dealing with a diabetic condition.
Spices are also on the list of healthy foods. You can use dried, but freshly grated spices look and taste much better. Among their health attributes: inhibiting growth of cancer cells, increasing metabolism, reducing inflammatory response in the body, decrease arthritis pain, stopping nausea and providing essential nutrients to the diet.
If you aren’t taking advantage of fresh herbs and spices, your diet and your health are missing out.