Hail the Mighty Herb: It’s National Herb Month!
When looking to improve our diet, many dietitians, physicians and online sources will suggest we eat more fruits and vegetables. While this is practical advice, it is also not inclusive of all dietary staples that are beneficial for our health. Something that’s almost always left off the list is herbs, which come mainly from the leaves of plants.
As it is National Herb Month, it is the perfect time to learn about all of the health benefits herbs have to offer. In addition to various vitamins and nutrients, many herbs contain high amounts of antioxidants crucial to a long and healthy life.
What are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants are called free radical scavengers because they seek out and destroy free radicals that appear in our bodies from regular metabolic processes, as well as from other sources, such as pesticides, smoking and alcohol consumption, air pollution and sunlight.
Free radicals are responsible for damaging healthy cells, and making our skin age as well as leading to the development of serious health conditions, such as cancer and heart disease. By eating herbs that contain concentrated amounts of antioxidants, we can help our body fight every day stresses that make us sick.
Which Herbs Contain the Most Amounts of Antioxidants?
Oregano – In tests, oregano contained the highest levels of antioxidants than any other herb. Greek, Italian and Mexican oregano had up to 20 times more antioxidants than other herbs, according to a source.
The bonus is that oregano proved to have higher antioxidants than fruits and vegetables! “Oregano demonstrated 42 times more antioxidant activity than apples, 30 times more than potatoes, 12 times more than oranges and 4 times more than blueberries…,” a source states.
Lemon Balm – This perennial herb is part of the mint family, and has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal powers. It contains caffeic acid, found in wine, as well as ferulic acid, an antioxidant that has gained fame for its anti-aging benefits for the skin.
Sage – Another member of the mint family, sage contains antioxidants in the form of rosmarinic acid, phenolic acids, flavonoids, volatile oils, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and peroxidase. Sage has incredible anti-inflammatory properties, and can help individuals with atherosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and bronchial asthma.
Marjoram – This herb has carotenoids with Vitamin A such as lutein, beta-carotene, cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin, which helps us support our eyesight and prevent against macular degeneration and cataracts, a source states.
Peppermint – Peppermint has high concentrations of antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A, and Vitamin C. Peppermint has been found helpful in treating asthma, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), as well as lung, skin and colon cancer.
Thyme – This herb has bioflavanoids; volatile oils; phenolic antioxidants, such as zeaxanthin, thymosin and lutein, which fight free radicals; carotenoids and Vitamin A. Thyme has been used for centuries as a healthy tonic, providing benefits for our health.
Although herbs have high concentrations of antioxidants, there is no guarantee that our body will be able to absorb the amounts we eat. The truth is that a large portion of vitamins and nutrients we consume get flushed out from our body with our urine.
However, Willard Water®, an FDA-approved product, has been found to be highly effective in the absorption of antioxidants in multiple studies in prestigious universities and labs around the world.
This effective formula contains catalyst-altered water that not only increases the absorption, but also the effectiveness of antioxidants and vitamins. It promotes free radical scavenging, and smoothes out problems such as digestive issues and gluten intolerance. The best part is that Willard Water® is made with all natural ingredients without the use of any harmful toxins or chemicals!
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