Herbs for Weight Loss and Healthy Living – Part Two

by Maria on February 26, 2013

As I have already mentioned in my previous post, herbs and spices are among the most potent sources of antioxidants and are practically calorie-free but dense in nutrients which keep the body strong and energized during the fat burning process.

Of all the culinary herbs, sage is perhaps the one with the broadest range of medicinal uses. It is said to be anti-hypertensive, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. Plus, it helps cleanse your blood and may even prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Also, this herb can be used as a digestive aid.

Because of its strong flavor, it can overwhelm, so should be used sparingly. Sage pairs nicely with other strongly flavored herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, savory, and oregano as well as the lemon herbs. It goes well with fatty foods, such as pork, liver (or pate), and sausages and blends well with mild cheeses.

The herb oregano is a rich natural source of vitamin K, iron, manganese, Omega-3 fatty acids and other important minerals for health. Also, it is known to have anti-bacterial properties. It is used for treatment of diarrhea and is said to help relax the digestive tract.

Similar to sage, use oregano sparingly, or it will dominate other flavors. It’s great in combination with basil. Sprinkle it on tomato halves before roasting or broiling; add it to pot roast, tomato sauces for pasta, pizza and so on.

Basil is known to have powerful antioxidant properties. Evidence suggests it is rich in carotenoids and is a good source of magnesium, which promotes cardiovascular health. Basil is said to have anti-inflammatory (can heal and relieve rheumatoid arthritis) and anti-bacterial properties. Furthermore, it can be used as digestive aid.

Basil is the ultimate compliment to tomatoes and pairs beautifully with onions, garlic, and olives. It is best used in conjunction with summer savory, rosemary, and sage.

Bottom line: The important message to be taken from the above said is that herbs have disease preventing and health promoting properties and may help with fat loss.

Why not give them a try? I believe you will benefit in a huge way!

More information on herbs and spices will follow.  😉

 

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