Vitamins and minerals found in fresh herbs are essential for the healthy functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, cardiovascular and biliary system, as well as for the human psyche. The leaves and shoots of many plants help people with weakened immune systems recover from illnesses and operations. In addition, certain varieties of fresh herbs have antimicrobial properties, making them considered beneficial to the human body.
The vitamin and mineral composition of different herbs depends on their origin and growing conditions. Even the most valuable plants (such as tarragon, chervil or sage), planted along the highway or near a large industrial plant, will accumulate toxic substances. When used in food, such herbs will not be able to bring the expected health benefits to the body, moreover, it can harm children, the elderly, lactating women, etc. As for herbs grown in environmentally friendly conditions, they have various healing qualities:
Dill is composed of quercetin. This substance makes traditional garden herbs an excellent cardiotonic, a natural antihistamine and a safe diuretic. Dill is very useful for the human body. It is important that both the seeds and the greens of the plant are rich in medicinal properties. Dill seeds (decoction) treat colic in infants and flatulence in adults.
Essential oils in dill activate the release of bile and digestive juices. They also stimulate the peristaltic movements of the intestine, making it easier to pass defecation and prevent constipation. Dill is very useful because of its high calcium content, which protects the human body from loss of bone mass and decreased bone density. Because of its antimicrobial properties, dill prevents a number of infections throughout the body.
Sorrel has a large amount of hyperoside and rutoside. These flavonoids protect the mucous membrane of the digestive tract and reduce the permeability of capillaries and veins.
Sorrel has a wonderful quality – its first leaves appear very early in spring, when no other greenery is present yet. This time of year is the most dangerous in terms of infection. Citric and ascorbic acids contained in the plant, just prevent the emergence of disease, greatly strengthen the immune system.
Sorrel contains a large amount of fiber. Insoluble dietary fiber has a positive effect on intestinal peristalsis, improving digestion.
Vitamin B9 or folic acid is an irreplaceable helper when it comes to the prevention of tumors and diseases of the cardiovascular system. This compound has a positive effect on the blood vessels, making them stronger and protecting them from damage. By affecting the metabolic processes, vitamin B9 prevents the formation of tumors, both malignant and benign.
The plant is rich in beta-carotene, which in the body becomes vitamin A. This substance is necessary to maintain good vision.
Fennel contains anethole. Thanks to this active ingredient, the plant has an expectorant and sedative effect, and also dilates blood vessels.
Fennel is now being studied for its use as a drug against the development of malignant diseases. The seeds contain a unique substance, anethole, one of the properties of which is antitumor activity. Anethole has the ability to penetrate cells and destroy pathogens, has a sedative, antispasmodic, vasodilator effect. Antispasmodic, analgesic properties of fennel seeds are used for stomach and intestinal colic, spasms of smooth muscles. Decoction helps relieve pain and eliminate spasms of the digestive system.
Fennel preparations have a strong cleansing effect, contribute to the rapid removal of toxic and harmful substances from the body. Infusions and decoctions of seeds are used for liver diseases, alcoholic intoxication, overeating and food poisoning.
Parsley, in which luteolin is found, can be used as an anti-inflammatory agent. In addition, it has an antitumor effect. In terms of the amount of carotene in parsley, it is virtually the same as fresh carrots. It contains the same amount of vitamin C as lemon and blackcurrant.
Because of its composition, parsley has a number of medicinal properties:
It improves the functioning of the kidneys, the urogenital system, the thyroid gland; normalizes metabolism; acts as an anti-inflammatory, anti-itching agent; helps enrich the brain with oxygen; brings the stomach and duodenum back to normal; improves eyesight; increases appetite, gives more energy and strength.
Cilantro (coriander) is rich in ramnetin. The presence of this rare flavonoid makes the spicy herb a natural antifungal (i.e. antifungal) agent. An additional advantage of fresh herbs (for example, its anthelmintic effect) is due to the fact that coriander contains essential oils. A rich set of vital vitamins and trace elements for humans is contained in coriander. The huge benefits of coriander for the body are due to provitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamin PP (niacin), riboflavin, folic acid. The mega amount of vitamin C helps to strengthen the immune system, has a powerful rejuvenating effect, prevents seasonal diseases. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C contribute to the prevention of cancer.
The use of fresh cilantro and parsley in salads and first, second courses stimulates the appetite, clears pathogenic bacteria, favorably affects the digestive process in general.
A rich set of vital vitamins and trace elements for humans is contained in coriander. The huge benefits of coriander for the body is due to provitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamin PP (niacin), riboflavin, folic acid. The mega amount of vitamin C helps to strengthen the immune system, has a powerful rejuvenating effect, prevents seasonal diseases. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C contribute to the prevention of cancer.
Basil contains tannins, essential oils, minerals (copper, manganese, potassium, magnesium). As well as vitamins (A, B2, C, K, P), rutin and flavonoids.
Regular use of basil helps to improve the condition of blood vessels, skin, nails and hair. Basil is actively used in the treatment of a wide range of respiratory and viral diseases, up to bronchial asthma and tuberculosis.
It has a calming effect on the nervous system, eliminates discomfort in the stomach, and normalizes gas exchange in the intestines. This is why the herb is used for flatulence and bloating.
The most valuable quality of basil is its unusual aroma, due to the presence of a large number of essential oils and volatile essential substances, the inhalation of which has a stimulating effect on the heart.
Salads (lettuce, romano, corn, garden cress, iceberg, arugula, etc.) are characterized by the presence of various carotenoids. These elements work as antioxidants, in addition, they cleanse blood vessels of cholesterol and reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
Chard, or beetroot, is known as a unique green in which there is syringic acid. The substance helps to normalize blood sugar and slow down the absorption of carbohydrate foods.
Spinach is high in apigenin. This flavone has a calming effect on the human nervous system. In addition, the health benefits of greens are that regular consumption of spinach prevents the formation of extensive networks of capillaries around malignant tumors. Spinach normalizes blood sugar levels in diabetics. It contains vitamins (A. B2, B9, C. K) and minerals (manganese, magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium).
Due to the high content of vitamin K, spinach increases the mineral density of bone tissue, prevents the development of osteoporosis and tooth damage. Spinach reduces the risk of heart disease and lowers blood clotting. Vitamin K prevents the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease – older people who ate spinach had improved cognitive abilities and reduced memory problems.
Celery is considered a natural source of kaempferol. Like spinach, this herb inhibits angiogenesis and strengthens the walls of blood vessels. In addition, celery increases the body’s resistance to allergens. Celery is very rich in vitamins (C, B2, B9, K) and minerals (rubidium, boron. vanadium). Celery also contains other important chemical compounds for health. Not without reason, this herb has become a symbol of millennials, who are a pro-health lifestyle. Celery improves digestion, normalizes blood pressure, due to its content of phthalides. It fights free radicals and suppresses inflammatory processes in the body, helps to reduce high cholesterol levels and strengthens bone tissue.
Feather bow (green) – a storehouse of zeaxanthin carotenoid. This pigment protects the retina from damage and helps fight so-called night blindness (improves vision in low light)
Studies conducted in establishing the chemical composition of the plant have shown the presence of carnosic acid and the substance calnosols. It also contains calcium, copper, iron, manganese, zinc.; vitamins: A, C.The combination of these substances limits excess nitric oxide readings, thereby improving circulation and the removal of toxic buildup from the body. The antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties of the plant certainly have a positive effect on the immune system.
It is very important to include fresh herbs in your diet. Use different herbs every day, in salads, soups, smoothies. And soon you will notice the result – a significant improvement in your well-being.