Being a personal trainer, I get constant questions about herbs and what they can do for our well being. Here is my opinion on some of the more popular ones. Did you know growing herbs at home is a fun and money saving activity that happens to comes with an array of health benefits? Other than just using them to flavor our dishes, some herbs also come fully packed with essential nutrients and antioxidants that are good for the body. To get you started, here are some of the most common and possibly the healthiest herbs.
Possibly one of the most widely used herbs; this herb goes well with just about anything. It is currently one of the most powerful and pungent herbs. So what is so great about Rosemary besides smell and flavor? According to a study, high compounds of this herb were linked to high accuracy and speed of study participants. The higher the level of this compound in the blood of the participants the better was the outcome.
Well, this is not just a pretty plant; it also comes fully packed with an array of health benefits. Lavender contains powerful antioxidants commonly referred to as polyphenols that can effectively fight belly bloating. Moreover, its fragrance is unlike anything you have come across; it helps you fall asleep.
Works great when used together with Rosemary, and if you have time, you need to use both. That aside; for years, thyme has been used as an herbal remedy for respiratory problems like bronchitis. As if that is not even enough; apart for its antiseptic properties, this herb is calorie free and provides an amazing flavor to salads, soups among other great things.
For those who have used this herb before, obviously, you do not need to be told the kind of flavor it comes with; it is distinct and that alone makes its usage exceedingly limited. However, when it comes to health benefits, this herb probably has them all; Other than just used to calm the nerves, its detoxifying properties on the liver have made it one of the most sought after. It does not even stop there; if for years you have had to deal with skin blemishes, this is exactly what you should be going for next. It has some of the most powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
If you often leave this garnish sitting on the side of the plate, you better start eating it soon for it is full of essential nutrients. It contains both vitamin A and C and just a tablespoon of this herb provides more than the recommended daily intake of vitamin K; a nutrient that is highly needed for healthy blood.