It is a double win situation to eat healthy and like the taste of that healthy food. Mostly we love the spices and herbs that make the food tastier and actually have no side effects.
Such herbs we use every day resolve many health issues. An example for this is the oregano that fights bacteria. Also, the turmeric in Indian recipes, it helps with asthma and joint problems.
But eating a pizza topped with such spices is not a good thing as you thought. Herbs have to be taken in a healthy way to get health benefits, not just taste. Don’t take pills or junk food to get benefit of the herbs. With pills for example, no matter how much you take, the body still requires natural ingestion of nutrients.
Herbal teas are always a good choice, but also with them you can take the supplement. Below we give you 6 herbs better than supplements that must be on the kitchen shelves.
GARLIC (ALLIUM SATIVUM)
Why is good? It protects the heart and many studies have shown that people with atherosclerosis that ate garlic reduced the strange plaque in the arteries and this was stated by Mark Blumenhal. He was the founder and executive of the American Botanical Council of Austin, Texas. Garlic lowers the LDL bad cholesterol and raises the HDL the good one, also lowers hypertension and prevents a stroke. Less plaque is less chances of artery pieces breaking and healthy heart walls. Best form and dose: to have healthy arteries you need 300 mg garlic powder three times daily.
Caveats: For those that take Aspirin or warafin all the time, don’t get the garlic powder. It will thin out the blood. Also, before a surgery, stop with the garlic 2 weeks ahead, advises James Snow, the head of the herbal division branch in the health program Tai Sophia Institute, Laurel, Maryland.
GINGER (ZINGIBER OFFICINALE)
Why is good? It reduces nausea in natural ways and its root has a good flavor. Some researchers shown it is good for morning sickness and chemo nausea and in some studies it was claimed to be even better than Dramamine for travel motion nausea.
best form and dose: for the traveling nausea take 500 mg of this powder half an hour before a travel and then every 4 hour before the travel ends. You can even make an infusion (steeping tea for 15 minutes) in which you just add 1 ¼ to 1 gram ginger in boiling water and sip 3 times daily.
Caveats: never take more than 2 grams ginger daily for pregnant women and if you have heartburns, use food with it.
OREGANO (ORIGANUM VULGARE)
Why is good? The oregano oil treats infections since the plant is healthy and beneficial for you; it has 2 compounds: thymol and carvacrol. Also, it helps with diarrhea during travelling and alsogiardiasisis, according to David Bunting, the director of the botanical affairs in Herb Phram, Williams, Oregon. Usually, it is best known for using in breathing health issues. It is best for short term and less serious problems like a cough and a cold. If there is no improvement after a few days, you might need a doctor and antibiotics. Best form and dose: the oregano oil is a power cure and it can damage the inside of the mouth if not taken as by proper rules. This is claimed by Glen Nagel, naturopath and professor of the botanical institute of Bastyr University, Seattle. It is better to have a Herb Pharm Oregano Spirits product, they mix this oil with liquid of the oregano extract. It depends on symptoms and your weight for the dose-20 drops daily, twice, or 30 drops 4 times a day in 4 oz water.
Caveats: No caveats. If not diluted, the oil can burn skin tissue and mouth insides.
SAGE (SALVIA OFFICINALIS)
Why is good? The sage was used a long time in herb curing medicine and it boosts the brain work. Even studies back up these benefits. There was a British study in healthy adult people that tested the Spanish sage oil pills. Those who took the pills, compared to those that didn’t, had better results. The plant compounds can make inhibition of the enzyme pinpointed for treating memory loss with Alzheimer’s. still this was not tested directly for Alzheimer’s patients. The sage also cures sore throat since it is antiseptic, claims Bunting. Best form and dose: those with Alzheimer’s need to take 30 drops of the liquid extract 3 times daily. Bunting adds that even healthy people can take it. For a sore throat, take sage tea and gargle with diluted solution of this extract (20 drops tops) in warm water, 1 cup.
Caveats: in normal dose and foods you get no risks. But for long term use never take more than advised since it can induce a seizure.
PEPPERMINT (MENTHE X PIPERITA)
Why is good? It is by far the best belly remedy and soothes upset stomach, Bunting says. There is mint oil too in pill forms and it is the best cure for IBS problems. Those pills are coated so they get in the belly and intestines and make a antispasmodic effect to the muscles that cause the IBS, and their result is diarrhea or constipation. Best form and dose: for less serious belly aches, take just mint tea. But for IBS, take one mint extract pill with 0.2 ml mint oil in it, 3 times daily before a meal.
Caveats: this mint can make a heartburn worse or acid reflux worse, Snow says. If you get this problem, do not take the pill again.
TURMERIC (CURCUMA LONGA)
Why is good? This Indian food spice fights inflammation and studies shown that also resolves osteoarthritis and rheumatoid issues. It also resolves inflammation like tendinitis and keeps the heart healthy. Best form and dose: one pinch for a food serving is enough of a dose, says Reenita Malhotra, Ayurveda expert in San Jose, California. In pill form, 4 grams a day is enough.
Caveats: powder turmeric is cleaning the blood harshly so use just a pinch.