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Kevin Jones is the health enthusiast working as a fitness and diet plan adviser. Passionate to grow youngster's community about health and punctuality.

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Published on: 21 Mar 2017 by kevin_jones

Get Back to Nature: The 9 Best Herbs to Improve Your Diet And Make You Stay Healthy

Do you make sure to add herbs in the diet? Most of you may come with a ‘no’.

This is not at all surprising! People have the tendency to eat the food they love in taste and aroma, and most of the time herbs fail to find a major place on the platter. When it comes to Americans, just around 20% people make use of herbs regularly in the diet.  

Most of the people do not find it necessary to include herbs in the diet but when used, it can offer necessary nutrition to the body. If you too have changed your mind and have plans to include a few in the diet, then here I am with the top herbs that can help you turn healthy.

1. Cilantro

If you are not used to taking herbs then taking cilantro can help you get started with. You can easily add this low-calorie herb to your diet and enjoy the perks.

- Apart from the flavor, it adds to the food, it comes with a number of health benefits.

- It helps to reduce the LDL levels as they have a good amount of vitamins and dietary fibers as well as antioxidants.

- It helps to regulate blood pressure and heart rate through its magnesium, calcium potassium and iron content.

- Cilantro is very effective against Alzheimer’s and certain kind of mouth cancers - all thanks to loads of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, niacin, folic acid and beta-carotene. 

2. Mint

Another important herb that you can easily add to your dishes is mint. Like cilantro, it too comes with antioxidant properties.

If you have an irritable bowel syndrome then taking mint will help to soothe the inflammation in the digestive tract.

 Apart from that, taking peppermint can help to reduce bloating and nausea, support weight loss, and reduce fatigue.

3. Oregano

Oregano which comes high antioxidant properties is very much effective against colon cancer cells. Apart from fighting against colon cancer cells, it acts against cancer cells of prostate, skin, blood and breast too. Moreover, oregano has the property to fight against different food pathogens as well against the skin infection that mostly gets contracted in hospitals.

Oregano also is one of the best herbs to reduce the chances of heart attack as well decrease the symptoms of inflammation.

Being available in the fresh and dried form, you can easily have it added in a number of dishes. Just make sure you get a good deal on Nutrisystem.

4. Milk thistle

Many of you may not be familiar with the herb but I would suggest you to know it for better reasons.

The herb fights against different toxins which can lead to a number of health conditions. It fights against free radicals that can cause cell damage, by its antioxidants.

Moreover, the herb can be used to treat different liver conditions, diabetes as well as reduce the level of bad cholesterol.

You can simply add the herb to the food, make smoothies or even enjoy it in a cup of tea.

Yes, the herb is not common and is not easily found in the neighborhood but a visit to the local grocery store will do the work.

5. Stinging nettle

Stinging nettle can help you fight a number of urinary related diseases. Whether you have a problem with urination, painful urination, frequent urination and others, using stinging nettle will do the job.

Moreover, the root of the herb is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia in the European countries.

You can even apply the herb on the joints to get relief from the arthritic pain.

6. Rosemary

One of the main benefits of Rosemary is to fight against HCAs which are formed when you broil, fry or grill meat at high temperature.

You can either add rosemary while marinating the meat or simply by adding it to the dish before cooking.

The two important elements in rosemary named as rosemarinic acid and carnosol works as powerful antioxidants that can fight against HCAs.

7. Ginger

Some call it a spice while others call it a herb - no issues! It is definitely best for your body. Ginger works against serotonin that causes nausea and upset stomach. It is very effective for people suffering from motion sickness, going through chemotherapy or are pregnant. 

Taking ginger can lower blood pressure and regulate blood flow. It is even effective against arthritis pain.

New studies carried out on ginger suggests it can even work against ovarian cancer cells.

8. Garlic

Garlic is a very effective agent against colorectal, ovarian and other forms of cancer.

Garlic comes with phytochemicals like allicin which can help to fight blood pressure issues.

Consuming garlic can even reduce the blockage in the arteries and thus reduce the chances of stroke.

9. Holy Basil

Do you know that one of the main ingredients of pesto can act against stress? Yes, holy basil decreases the level of serotonin and boosts the level of adrenaline in the blood. There are people who consume holy basil tea to fight against headaches and indigestion.

It has even found that consuming holy basil tea can help to fight against breast cancer. Clinical tests carried out has proved the shrinkage of tumor cells as well as it has stopped it from spreading around.

To start with, you can go for the herbs that are easily available at the local stores. Once you have got comfortable with herbs you can keep on adding others in your food and make them part of your lifestyle.

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