Herbs are a great way to not only add an extra layer of flavour to a dish or drink but to also provide our bodies with some noteworthy health benefits.
Widely used in Asian cooking, shiso leaves have been shown to possess both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
A relative of parsley, cilantro is high in vitamin A as well as antioxidant and antibacterial properties.
Part of the mint family, basil has health benefits ranging from reducing inflammation to antiaging. Basil also contains a good amount of vitamin C.
Not only is thyme found to have good antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, but it might also help in reducing blood pressure.
One of the most widely used culinary herbs, parsley is a powerful antioxidant and is also rich in vitamin K, an essential nutrient contributing to good bone health.
A herb native to the Mediterranean, studies using sage have shown that this potent plant can help lower blood glucose levels.
A excerpt was originally published in the December 2019 issue of alive Canada within the article titled “Holiday Cocktail Party.”