The fundamental benefits derived from using more herbs and spices in your diet all come from a single shared characteristic: high antioxidant levels. These nutrients help protect cells against oxidative stress (caused by free radicals), the primary cause of aging.
Adding more seasonings to your favorite foods will substantially increase the number and kinds of antioxidants you get from what you eat. It’s one of the most effective measures you can take to help fight deadly and/or debilitating diseases as well as postpone or hinder premature aging or further aging.
Each antioxidant has its own traits and benefits, yet they all work in harmony together. Where in the body one may travel, others may not be able to go. Therefore, getting the widest variety is important.
The advantages of antioxidants include powerful protection against various degenerative diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, macular degeneration, and more. Additionally, they have an impact on mental health, including Alzheimer’s disease.
There are tips about using spices and herbs that may prove helpful. Store your spices and herbs in a cool, dry place (out of direct sunlight.) Normal shelf life for bottled ones is approximately six months. Chop or smash garlic cloves to release the active health promoting ingredients.
Remove seeds from peppers to reduce their heat. Crumble whole herbs just before using them to release their flavor. Add ground spices near the end of cooking because they release their flavor immediately. Conversely, add whole spices at the beginning of cooking so their full flavor can be obtained. Use twice as much dried seasoning as fresh.
Supermarket herbs and spices are irradiated to destroy harmful bacteria, viruses, and micro-organisms. The process can damage the integrity of the vitamins, minerals, proteins, and other beneficial micro-nutrients. It also can create more free radicals, the opposite of what you’re trying to accomplish. Therefore, to get all the good health benefits, irradiated ones may not be the best ones to use. While acceptable and desirable over using none, fresh is always better.
Now that you know more about how spices and herbs not only add more interesting flavors to your meals but also provide you with important health benefits, you are ready to experiment with new combinations of seasonings. Enhance your dining experience. Be creative, eat wisely, and stay healthy!