Using different herbs and spices in your kitchen it`s a really easy way to make variety, and to expand the flavors of your meals.
But also to load up the immune-boosting properties of your food.
When we say – herbs we are thinking typically to leaves, roots, and stems which are used in cooking or for medicinal purposes. Spices, usually are produced by bark or seeds. They are intensely aromatic, and generally, are added to dishes in very small amounts.
Most of the common herbs and spices used in United States are from different regions in Asia or the Mediterranean region. A very big variety of them were known as healing foods and immune boosting folk remedies – generations before manufactured drugs or supplements.
Scientific research, trials and analyses of these immune boosting spices and herbs have provided evidence of how these herbs and seeds for spices – work in any healing capacity.
Anyhow, a large clinical studies of these plants and vegetables are still relatively rare, so we offer you the following dietary ideas, of course, with a word of caution.
If you use them only as tasty additions to your meals – there is no risk at all.
These immune boosting plants, herbs and spices can only season your meal in a magic way. Or, if you want, you can take them as nutritional supplements when necessary.
However, they always have an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory functions which are both very important for better immune system.
And now, we offer you some suggestions for spicing up your life, and of course – your immune system.
Mostly, the people think of licorice only as a chewy candy, but, you should know that its health benefits date from very ancient times. Licorice – as a root, has been shown to have very strong cortisone – like activity. That means it can help decrease immune responses and inflammation, which is a reason why it has been used as an immune boosting herb for centuries. It works very well in the gut – to diminish the symptoms of an inflamed stomach. Clinical trials and research shows that – at medicinal doses – it is antimicrobial and an antioxidant.
Oregano is a mighty antimicrobial herb. It is forceful in treating a lot of fungal, bacterial, but also parasitic infections. That`s why oregano is a great immune boosting herb to be used in your daily meals, or growing in the garden. This plant has more antioxidant activity than apples, oranges, or even blueberries. You can use it in Italian dishes – like pizza, spaghetti, and minestrone soup.
The very strong aromatic leaves of rosemary contain a lot of substances that can help to increase your circulation, improve your digestion, and act anti-inflammatory. Some research shown that it may reduce the severity of asthma attacks. During one study at the University of Florida, white blood cells taken from 10 people were incubated with hydrogen peroxide, which causes oxidative damage to DNA. Blood cells from persons who consumed capsules of rosemary for only a week -were protected from this oxidative damage. The rosemary can also help to lower the inflammatory markers in the cells. Rosemary usually grows wildly in many parts of the world, and is an easy immune boosting herb to have it in the kitchen dried, or freshly – growing in your garden.
This strong and pungent cooking staple offers always antiseptic and antioxidant activities. In one clinical trial – garlic was shown as a potent vegetable ho can prevent colds or at least shorten the duration of the symptoms – making it a very important and recommended immune boosting food. Allicin – a pungent oily liquid with antibacterial properties, present in garlic and onions, provides both their powerful aromas and supports antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity.
Cinnamon – as a spice it`s produced from the dried bark of a tropical species of evergreen tree growing in Asia. The cinnamon that we commonly use in North America comes from the related cassia tree. It can help to prevent infection and stimulate immune activity, making it at same time – a welcome and tasty part of your collection of immune boosting herbs and spices. There’s important research indicating that cinnamon may prevent clumping of blood platelets by blocking the release of inflammatory fatty acids from cell membranes. It also stops the formation of other inflammatory substances. Some clinical trials also suggests that it helps regulate blood sugar, has a strong antioxidant activity, and can reduce pain. You can add it on your morning oatmeal, or in some cake.
Spice up your life!
Source: Ultimate Immunity: Supercharge Your Body’s Natural Healing Powers by Elson Haas and Sondra Barrett.