Herbs have been utilized for therapeutic purposes since ancient times, primarily in the form of teas and tinctures, and for adding flavour in cooking. But they have nutritional potential when used as a food. Fresh herbs are high in vitamins A, C, and K, just like green leafy vegetables. Herbs provide food with a blast of flavour, allowing you to reduce salt without compromising taste. Your kitchen may only hold dried herbs! But consider adding them to salads and smoothies.
Herb plants are known to have a beneficial component called Polyphenols – chemicals that possess significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The polyphenols found in herbs – that only exist in plants and plant-based products – may help to lower chronic inflammation and the risk of chronic disease. Diets rich in plant-based foods have been shown in numerous studies to help fight diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer, osteoporosis, neurological illnesses, and others. Polyphenols are antimicrobial, which means they can help humans stay safe from bacteria. Herbs also have anti-tumor and anti-inflammatory characteristics which may assist to prevent blood clots.
So, what to add? Rosemary is a fragrant herb that is healthy for your brain. It may improve your memory and possibly slow down the aging of your brain. It is also high in antioxidants and contains a substance that may help protect the eyes from deteriorating as a result of age (macular degeneration). Cilantro also contains vitamins that can be both pleasant and beneficial for your health – vitamin A which is important for the eye, Vitamin C, and vitamin K (aids in the formation of bone mass). Cilantro also contains beneficial minerals. And so tasty when added to greens or drinks!
Fresh Produce Is the Way to Go
At Don-o-Ray farms we offer many fresh herbs to add to your diet. Know where your food comes from! Visit us today for fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables!