Boost your health with these 10 super herbs

June 9, 2022

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We incorporate herbs in all kinds of dishes on a daily basis. They add colour and flavour to dishes and often have a healing effect on our bodies. These 10 super herbs are both food and medicine and are always unprocessed.

1. Ginger

Ginger has many anti-inflammatory qualities and prevents pain such as migraines and muscle and joint pain. It is a flavourful root that has gained a lot of fame over the years. Ginger can prevent nausea, as it has a calming effect on digestion. Moreover, ginger also contains many antioxidants and vitamins that protect your body against cardiovascular diseases.

2. Parsley

Although parsley is often used as a garnish, it contains many nutrients. Parsley is rich in vitamins A, C and K. Parsley can help freshen breath. Eating parsley also improves eyesight.

3. Basil

Basil is a very popular seasoning in Italian cuisine. In addition, basil is also said to be used for skin problems, colds and other infections. It is full of antioxidants and boosts your immune system. Basil protects against headaches, nausea, sore throats and intestinal problems.

4. Nettle

Nettle is rich in vitamins A, B2, B5, C and D and is full of minerals. Furthermore, it has medicinal powers that affect the metabolism. Many people think of the nettle as a weed, but it is much more than that. In addition, nettle also helps with muscle mass recovery, kidney problems, rheumatism and skin complaints.

5. Milk thistle

Milk thistle has a strengthening effect on the liver. It prevents glutathione deficiencies in the liver. Glutathione ensures the removal of toxins in the liver. Milk thistle also affects the growth of new liver cells. If your liver is damaged, for example by excessive consumption of alcohol, the damage can be limited by milk thistle.

6. Thyme

To spice up salads, we often use thyme. It is an herb that has many good qualities. For instance, thyme has antibacterial, antifungal and disinfectant qualities. The herb also helps with coughs, sore throats, chest cold and has a strengthening energy-boosting effect at every level.

7. Green tea

Green tea is known for its special qualities. Green tea contains various herbs such as anise, spearmint, cinnamon, liquorice, etc. Green tea stimulates fat burning, increases physical performance, helps you lose weight, … In short, green tea gives a super boost to your health.

8. Coriander

Coriander is high in fibre and iron and has anti-inflammatory effects. The herb is packed with vitamin A and has anti-rheumatic effects. In addition, it also helps against joint pain.

9. Garlic

Garlic contains the substance allicin, which has medicinal qualities. It is rich in iron and vitamins such as B6 and C. Garlic can fight diseases, including colds. Daily consumption of garlic is said to reduce the risk of catching a cold by 63%. Active compounds in garlic may also lower blood pressure.

10. Turmeric

Turmeric is an ideal seasoning, but it also offers many benefits as a medicinal herb. Turmeric looks about the same as ginger. You often find it in curries and gives your food a yellow colour. According to research, turmeric is anti-inflammatory, relieves depression, fights certain diseases and ageing, and contains numerous antioxidants.

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