5 Essential Herbs for Better Health

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Do you add herbs or spices to your diet? Herbs have a lot of health benefits as some people use them as natural remedies due to their effectiveness in healing with less side effects. Most diseases we suffer could have been prevented if we had included the following herbs in our daily meals.

Garlic

Do you use garlic only for favouring food? Consider including garlic in your diets daily as it is rich in manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C and has low calorie content. Garlic reduces the risk of common ailments such as cold and flu, headache, stomach ache, fever, sinus congestion and fungal infections such as athlete’s foot. It is good for people suffering from hypertension. Studies have shown that, garlic helps reduce blood pressure and other heart diseases in people with high blood pressure.

Intake of garlic helps reduce the risk of prostate cancer in men. Studies show that men who eat garlic have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer as compared to men who never take garlic. Garlic contains allicin (a natural chemical compound) which has antibacterial and antiviral properties. This allicin helps remove harmful substances out of the body and improves the functions of the liver.

Onions

Do you value onions? Well, after reading this article, you will be convinced that adding onions to your diet daily is really good for your health. “It’s hard to imagine civilization without onions”- Julia Child. Onions contain vitamin C (antioxidants) that helps boost your immune system by preventing free radicals damage in your body.

For those who want to prevent or reduce cancer development, onion intake inhibits the development of cancer cells in the breast, stomach, colon, ovarian and prostate.  If you are having digestion problems, add onions to your diet as they are rich in fiber thus promoting good digestion.

The vitamin C in onions ensure the building and maintaining of collagen (a protein found in bone, skin and other connective tissues) which helps in development and maintaining of healthy hairs and skin. Note that onions are more active when taken raw as compared to when cooked. Try as much as you can to take most of your vegetables raw as overcooking or overheating can destroy the important nutrients in them.

Turmeric

Another herb you should consider adding to your diet is turmeric. This herb is used in spicing foods and it gives curry its bright yellow color. Turmeric contains an active compound called curcumin which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Curcumin is fat-soluble meaning turmeric should be taken with a fatty meal because it is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream.

The antioxidant properties of turmeric help prevent aging signs in your skin and help promote a healthy skin. Turmeric in your diet can help prevent stomach pains, loss of appetite, jaundice, heartburn, arthritis, gallbladder disorders and liver problems.

Ginger

Ginger is one of the healthiest herbs. It has a lot of health benefits and it is therefore used in most products such as beverages, cosmetics and medicines. I personally like my soups and stews to contain ginger likewise onions and garlic. The major active ingredients in ginger are terpenes and oleoresin which are called ginger oil. These two and other active ingredients in ginger provides antiseptic, lymph-cleansing, circulation and constipation relief qualities.

Ginger is effective as a cleansing agent through the bowels, the kidneys and through the skin. For those who experience pain during exercise, ginger is very effective in relieving body pains. Pregnant women experiencing nausea and vomiting should try some ginger drinks and teas or should add ginger to your diet by using it as a spice.

Ginger is good for the respiratory system fighting cold and flu and helps clear sore throats. It is good for upset stomach and indigestion. Ginger battles cardiovascular diseases and offers protection from stroke and heart attack.

So you see why you need these herbs in your diet daily? Eat healthy, live healthy.

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