Sunday, July 09, 2006

Antioxidants in Herbs

It is almost impossible to read any news relating to health and alternative or natural remedies without seeing something about the benefits of antioxidants (free radicals of oxygen molecules damage cells much like oxidation causes iron to rust, antioxidants are components of many plants which help prevent cell damage caused by the free radicals) and what fruits and vegetables are the best sources.

I certainly do not want to discourage anyone from eating fruits or vegetables, I believe they are essential to a healthy diet.

But, I do want people to know that many herbs are also rich in antioxidants, as well as other nutrients.

Parsley is a good source of Vitamin C, and Vitamin A, both vitamins are antioxidants.

Oregano is another herb that has strong antioxidant properties. It is a member of the mint family, most of which are excellent sources of antioxidants. (The mint family includes basil, lemon balm, marjoram, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, spearmint and thyme, most of which are readily available in any supermarket.)

Using these herbs, especially fresh herbs, as part of your daily diet is an easy and delicious way to get the benefits of these herbal remedies.

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