Practicing healthy eating habits and obtaining essential nutrients does not have to minimize taste. With a plethora of delicious herbs available, juicing and food preparation not only increases in flavor, adding certain herbs to a balanced healthy nutritional regimen provides an array of additional benefits as well.
Originating from Southern China, this oriental spice derives from the root of the ginger plant. One of Mother Nature's most amazing natural herbs, ginger, whether used for flavor or medicinal purposes, provides an assortment of beneficial advantages.
The herb houses billions of organic compounds that stimulate a group of digestive enzymes. The human body relies on these enzymes for separating beneficial proteins, carbohydrates and fats from harmful ones. Digestive enzymes are the catalyst for the entire digestive tract as well as the large intestines; colon, drawing water for faster absorption and prompt waste removal. Digestive enzyme stimulation also balances bacteria levels, alleviating nausea as well as reducing side effects associated with diverticulitis.
The same enzyme-producing compounds stimulate and increase metabolism rates. A metabolism running at a healthier rate boosts energy levels. Energy requires fuel (food), which stimulates the appetite.
Commonly referred to as Sweet Basil, this herb originates from India and is a member of the mint leaf family.
While an excellent source for nutrients such as vitamins A, E and C, and calcium, basil is loaded with antioxidants. Well known for healing capabilities, antioxidants deliver oxygen to the bloodstream, stimulating rejuvenation systems. Antioxidants are also responsible for ridding the body of harmful free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that rapidly effect healthy cell growth structure and high levels can lead to life-threatening illness and disease. Antioxidants bond to free radicals and heal the cell structure, correcting the damage they inflict while simultaneously restoring free radical and antioxidant levels to proper balance.
Believed to have originated as far back as ancient Greece, fennel is an outstanding catalyst for providing such nutritional sources as vitamin C, potassium and iron.
The fennel plant produces a chemical referred to as phytonutrients, which provides the plant a natural barrier against fungus, germs and disease-carrying insects. In the human body, phytonutrients act as a barrier against negative signaling pathways that trigger inflammation. The protein NF-kappaB controls cell response signals. However, when this level elevates the signal continuously triggers inflammation and pain. The phytonutrients within fennel block the pathways that pain-causing signals use for travel. As NF-kappaB levels lower, inflammation and discomfort reduces as well.
Initially grown in the warmer climates of Asia and the Mediterranean Basin, this versatile herb garners notoriety throughout the globe. Favored for flavor both raw and cooked, celery delivers a wealth of health benefits as well.
Celery includes natural chemical compounds known as butyl phthalides. These amazing compounds act as an artery muscle relaxant. When the walls within arteries tighten, muscles expand and reduce space for blood to flow, creating higher blood pressure. Butyl phthalides dilates blood vessels, reducing artery muscle tension and size, allowing a larger space for blood to travel and ultimately lowering blood pressure. The relaxing effects the organic compound has on blood vessel dilation and muscle tension provides a natural stress reliever alternative.
This is a small representation of the many varieties of healthy herbs available. While adding a robust taste to juices and recipes, each herb also carries multiple beneficial resources for promoting good overall health.