Herbs and Spices

WOGIAM By WOGIAM, 28th Jun 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/nzzle_jo/
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Herbs and spices are gifts which nature has given us humans as super foods, They are natural, nutritious, healthy, edible, wholesome foods packed with components which prevent illness and keep the body working as it should.

Two herbs and spices which are delicious and can be eaten cooked or uncooked are parsley and ginger.

Parsley

Parsley is one of the most popular herbs which is used more as a garnish for salads and other foods.
Parsley is an excellent source of disease fighting antioxidants, it is also one of the richest herbal source of mineral potassium which reduces high blood pressure in people. Parsley is beat eaten raw so as to get the maximum benefits of all its nutrients.

Parsley also contains vitamins A, C, B1,3,5, iron, magnesium, folic acid, copper, iodine, zinc among other natural substances, components and nutrients.
The vitamin A and beta-carotene have the ability to protect against eye problems, the vitamin C works as an immunity-booster, fighting against colds, flu etc. Both vitamins are powerful anti-inflammatory agents which support the body in keeping healthy and preventing numerous health conditions and illness including cancer, asthma.

The high levels of magnesium and calcium in parsley are effective in protecting the body’s nervous system and bones, while the manganese helps to boost the human memory. Iron keeps the body active and prevents fatigue and weakness of the body, with copper and zinc naturally aiding the healing of wounds.

Consumption of parsley is believed to enhance the young looks of the consumer and it fights like most vegetables and herbs, the harmful free radicals in the body which encourage diseases. Parsley also helps to keep the arteries in the body, clear from the build of plague.

Parsley can be chewed on to freshen the breath and rubbed gently on the skin to soothe insect bites and minor swellings on the skin.

Ginger

Ginger is one of the most commonly used spice around the world, this is mainly because it grows in many continents especially in tropical countries and also due to its medicinal values and flavour.
Ginger is a root plant, which a hot and strong taste and aroma. It is packed full of vitamins B3, B6, , E, copper, iron, zinc, magnesium, folic acid and unique natural substances called gingerol, phenols and volatile oil.

The gingerol is a very active component of ginger and has anti-cancer properties, it is also responsible for the strong taste of this herb.
Ginger acts as a stimulant in the body as it enhances detoxification by both increasing perspiration and circulation of blood around the body. Eating of ginger is believed to relieve nausea, so morning sickness common in pregnant women, vomiting, motion sickness are among the symptoms which ginger prevents , reduces or eliminates completely.

The stimulating effect of ginger on the circulatory system of the body, helps to lower high blood pressure, lowers high cholesterol levels and prevents the blood platelets from sticking together thereby protecting and support the health of the heart.

The volatile oils present in ginger are very effective in protecting the body’s digestive system and workings, they help to cleanse the intestines and stomach, thus supporting digestion, eliminating toxins in the stomach, easing constipation and supporting the secretion of digestive enzymes which help to manage and prevent stomach illnesses and discomfort like colic, indigestion.

Ginger is a very effective remedy for cold, coughs and reducing fevers, the zinc component in this root, has a stimulating effect on the lungs, expelling phlegm, bringing on sweating and relieving coughs, ginger also is useful for the relief and treatment of allergies, pains and swelling thus making it a popular remedy for arthritis especially in the Asian continent.

The use of ginger also helps to regulate the blood sugar. Ginger can be prepared as a tea and consumes, grated, crushed, or chopped as cooked with other food ingredients , maximising it’s benefits as both a culinary and therapeutic herb/spice.

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Healthy Foods, Herbs, Parsley

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author avatar micheal
28th Jun 2014 (#)

interesting stuff, and well written

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
28th Jun 2014 (#)

Informative.Thanks for your share.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
29th Jun 2014 (#)

Very helpful and interesting my friend
God bless you
Stella >I<

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author avatar Retired
29th Jun 2014 (#)

Ginger is one of the most beneficial root herb that can cure various ailments.
Thanks

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks for this useful post, Wogiam. We have natural remedies and disease prevention/control food and human body is the best pharmacy. So let us not tamper with artificial products/medicines - siva

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author avatar WOGIAM
30th Jun 2014 (#)

Yes it is hotnicey, ginger is a super herb but is underrated and people do not seem to use it as much as they can.

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author avatar WOGIAM
30th Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks for your comments siva, we need to tutn more to the gifts and benefits of nature.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
30th Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks for this very informative article concerning herbs ~ WOGIAM. Richest Blessings to you.

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author avatar Bill Harbin Jr
30th Jun 2014 (#)

Good information. I knew the health benefits of ginger but did not know about parsley.

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author avatar WOGIAM
1st Jul 2014 (#)

Parsley has plenty of nutritional benefits just like many natural herbs and edible plants, thanks for your comments.

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