People love to eat not only to satisfy their gastronomic cravings but also to be healthy. This is why some health enthusiasts buy organic food and turn to dietary programs that can be costly. But did you know that you can also have health benefits from the herbs and spices hidden somewhere in your kitchen? You can even grow them in your own garden all year-round. Apart from adding flavor to your cooking, add zest to your life with these healthy plants.

Basil

If you want to prevent osteoarthritis, you may want to add basil to practically any food you cook. When added or sprinkled on your dishes, they can have disease-preventing properties. Essential oils that can be found in basil leaves like citral, limonene, and eugenol can help fight inflammation and bacteria. Moreover, basil herb has minerals that include potassium, manganese, and copper which that the body needs.

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Oregano

Mostly added to Italian and Greek cuisine like your spaghetti, oregano is antiviral, anti-cancer, antibacterial, and even antibiotic. A teaspoon is already rich in antioxidants and can be used as flavouring to any kind of dish. Either sprinkle it on your salad or mix it with your sauces. Oregano works well especially when combined with other herbs and spices like garlic, thyme, and rosemary.

Turmeric

If you are conscious about ageing, then you might want to begin using this yellow spice in your rice or chicken. Research study shows that this common ingredient in Indian kitchens has positive effects against cognitive decline. You can add it to your soup or salad and enjoy other properties like anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant to help prevent cancer.

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Rosemary

Apart for lowering cholesterol levels in the body, this anti-oxidant containing herb can also slow down ageing because of its ability to rejuvenate small blood vessels. Studies are also being made to determine its heart benefits. Rosemary herb is also able to soothe itchiness of the scalp and is good for muscle aches. A recent study also suggests its role in brain functioning.

Staying healthy is not always buying the right food and nutrients. You can also enjoy health benefits from the comforts of your home. With making use of the herbs and spices found in your garden or perhaps your kitchen, achieving a healthy lifestyle is just within your reach.

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