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Benefits of common herbs

Dr. Larry McCleary, a neurosurgeon and author of “Feed Your Brain, Lose Your Belly”, is a huge proponent of eating more herbs and spices. He touts their power to increase weight loss and improve brain health and immunity. He says, “Every time you flavor your meals with herbs and spices, you are literally making whatever you eat ‘better’ without adding a single calorie.”

Here are just a few of the benefits of common herbs:

Parsley: Protects the heart and may inhibit tumor formation. Can also be used to cleanse the system and treat digestive disorders, according to Dr. Andrew Weil.

Basil: Compounds in basil promote heart health and have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. May also prevent acne and speed healing.

Rosemary: Its potent antioxidants may prevent cancer and Alzheimer’s disease and calm jangled nerves.

Oregano: Rich in vitamin K, iron and omega-3s, oregano helps protect the heart and prevent diseases like cancer. May also relieve sore muscles, and treat allergies and intestinal problems.

Mint: A natural breath freshener, digestive remedy, diuretic, pain reliever and decongestant. May also inhibit growth of cancerous cells.

Sage: Promotes better brain function and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Cilantro: Its powerful nutrients may help improve symptoms of arthritis, improve cholesterol levels, ease nausea, and detoxify the body.

While new studies are underway to pinpoint their health benefits, we can be pretty certain that fresh herbs have vital nutrients that prevent disease, and we know that they provide wonderful flavor boosters for our meals. In addition to using them in your Scramble recipes, throw some fresh herbs in your salads, soups, iced or hot tea and lemonade.

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