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Healthy Herbs

Healthy Herbs: The benefits of coriander

Coriander, also known as Cilandro and Dhania, is one of the most widely used herbs throughout the world. This popular herb has been used for centuries in regions such as Mexico, Africa, Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East. As we are incorporating world cuisine in our daily diet, herbs such as corriander are being increasingly used in western cooking. Read on to find out more about the health benefits of coriander… Herbs were historically used in cooking for their medicinal benefits as well as for their ability to enhance flavours and taste. Before the advent of modern medicine, food was also used as a means of treating ill health. In many parts of Asia, particularly India, Aryuvedic herbs are often used in cooking. Coriander is a herb that often divides opinion. People either love it or loathe the taste. The leaves, stalks and seeds form the basis of many Indian dishes.   Health Benefits: Digestion: Coriander is used to stimulate gastric juices. This herb has been used to relieve intestinal gas and pain, and to support the natural digestive process. Cholesterol: This herb is thought to reduce cholesterol levels, due to it’s levels of vitamin C. Vitamin C can help maintain the integrity of the inner lining of the arteries. Eyes: Due to the essential oils that are present in this herb, conditions such as blood shot eyes (red eyes) and tired eyes can be relieved with coriander. Other reported health benefits include relieving symptoms of rheumatism, influenza, flatulence and general pain. Coriander has the added benefit of enhancing meals, as well as aiding the digestive process. We hope you found our article on the health benefits of coriander useful. Please let us know by rating it...

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Healthy Herbs: Oregano

This series of articles the health benefits of herbs that are used in everyday cooking.  Herbs have been used for hundreds of years for their medicinal purposes. These herbs were then added to food to enhance flavours and to provide their health benefits. Herbs used in everyday cooking such as oregano, rosemary, basil, turmeric, sage, parsley and cinnamon all have well known health benefits. With more publicity on healthy eating and using food as a medical tool, it is worth mentioning that herbs play an important role in both maintaining good health as well as treating diseases. A recent study has found that oregano, commonly used in Italian and Greek cooking, has shown promise as a treatment against prostate cancer. Researchers from Long Island University, New York found that a chemical in oregano, carvacrol, wiped out prostate cancer cells in the lab. Researchers discovered that carvacrol triggered the cancer cells to kill themselves. Oregano, also known as Wild Marjoram, has many health benefits: Antioxidant. This herb is believed to have extremely powerful antioxidant properties. Researchers have found that oregano has 4 times more antioxidant activity than blueberries. Oregano oil has demonstrated antibacterial action is various studies. A report also highlighted the action of oregano oil against MRSA, which many conventional antibiotics are resistant to. It is therefore not surprising that this herb is used to treat colds, fevers and fungal infections. Healthy Heart. Oregano is high in dietary fibre and may help to lower LDL cholesterol. This herb may also help to normalise blood pressure, and strengthen blood vessels. Good source of Nutrients. Oregano is rich in calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium. Immune System. This herb may help to prevent the growth of potentially harmful parasites, fungi and unfriendly bacteria. Oregano has been found to support the immune system by balancing intestinal flora.       Digestion. Oregano helps to support the digestive system, and has been found to prevent flatulence and...

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Tulsi (Indian Basil)

Tulsi is an Indian herb that is also known as Holy Basil. It is a powerful antioxidant and has adaptogenic properties. This herbal tea is also has the potential to strengthen the immune system and help to improve digestive health. Due to its action as an antioxidant, Tulsi has the ability to neutralise dangerous free radicals that can contribute to several degenerative illnesses such as arthritis and heart disease. The adaptogenic affects of Tulsi help the body to deal with physical, emotional and environmental factors that can lead to lowered immune function. This herbal tea supports the body at times of stress and can reduce the risk of respiratory infections such as colds and flu. We hope you found this article on Tilsi (Indian Basil) useful. Please let us know by rating it...

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