HERBS & SPICES ARE GOOD ANTIOXIDANTS BECAUSE OF THEIR ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PROPERTIES THAT HELP PROTECT THE BODY FROM DISEASES
Herbs & Spices are most commonly used in local cuisines in Central and Norther European regions along with dishes in the Mediterranean region not because of their ability to grow these crops but because of the flavour and the health benefits that these products yield. Based on medical studies, herbs & spices are proven effective natural medicine because of their anti-inflammatory and healing properties caused by antioxidants found in these products.
WHAT ARE ANTIOXIDANTS?
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, Antioxidants are man-made or natural substances that may prevent or delay some types of cell damage in any living organism.
The name comes from its special ability to fight off oxidation or the process of breaking down free radicals and converting it to oxidative stress which damages cells and therefore contribute to disease formation such as cancer and dementia (Dr. Axe). These free radicals also serve as triggers which causes chain reactions to damaged cells and aggregates inflammation. Due to this, antioxidants also serve as anti-inflammatory substances which help reduce health risks but instead builds the immune system by protecting good cells.
In cooking, antioxidants help slow down the deterioration of food and increase shelf life when they are mixed in dishes. Sources of antioxidants include certain fruits, herbs, spices, tea and even essential oils derived from nutrient-dense plants. These crops are best used fresh or only undergo natural chemical changes and therefore have a high concentration of antioxidants.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CONSUMING HERBS & SPICES?
In cooking, herbs & spices are greatly consumed more than individual fruits or vegetables since herbs and spices are used not only when the pan is hot, but they also serve as marinades and garnishes to a meal. Research suggests that benefits of consuming food with high antioxidants such as herbs & spices include the following:
- Boosts metabolism
- Helps in detoxification
- Creates healthier and glowing skin
- Longer life span caused by slower signs of ageing
- Protection against heart diseases
- Reduces risk of cancer
- Reduces risk for brain-induced problems such as dementia and stroke
- Reduces risk of vision impairment and other eye problem
WHAT HERBS & SPICES WE SHOULD EAT
According to Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, a certified Doctor of Natural Medicine, and Doctor of Chiropractic and Clinical Nutritionist, the Top 10 Herbs & Spices which contain the highest antioxidant count based on weight/serving is as follows:
Clove:314,446 ORAC | Cinnamon: 267,537 ORAC | Oregano: 159,277 ORAC | Turmeric: 102,700 ORAC | Cocoa: 80,933 ORAC
Cumin: 76,800 ORAC | Parsley: 74,349 ORAC | Basil: 67,553 ORAC | Ginger: 28,811 ORAC | Thyme: 27,426 ORAC
Aside from these, other herbs and spices with high antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties include Rosemary, Garlic, Cilantro, Cayenne Pepper, Sage, Coriander, Mustard, and Nutmeg. In addition to herbs & spices, other antioxidant-rich foods include fruits and vegetables such Elderberries, Wild Blueberries, Kidney Beans, Artichoke and even Dark Chocolate.
At Elie’s Tent, all our dishes contain herbs & spices as key ingredients of our marinades, soups, and sauces. Aside from this, we also use herbs & spices to garnish dishes by giving a pop of colour to our delicious Lebanese food. Visit our Menu page to see the ingredients in our dishes especially how we use herbs & spices to make the food tasty but healthy especially since we are also a vegan restaurant in Perth that serves vegetarian food as well.
As one of the hottest Vic Park restaurants in Perth, we recommend calling in a reservation to get the best seat in the house and advance your orders. For reservations, contact us on (08) 6111 4145 or visit our Reservations page to book a table online.