Why herbs and spices?
You know all about superfoods. But your new health BFF may be herbs. Many have antioxidant properties, explains registered dietitian Jessica Begg from Shift Nutrition in Calgary. That means they reduce damage in our cells (this damage is both naturally occurring and comes from chemicals and pollution in our environment). So why is that good? Oxidative damage could be linked to Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis; as well as an increased risk of heart disease and cancer. READ MORE: 6 things I learned from giving up sugar, wheat, dairy and alcohol
So it’s not the best for when you’re smooching, but eating a half to one clove of garlic a day may lower cholesterol by up to 9 percent because of its anti-inflammatory effect, according to Begg. READ MORE: Should you press pause on your DVD workout?
Okay, you got us, sprirulina isn’t an herb; it’s an algae. But here's why we've included it: three teaspoons of spirulina has approximately the same amount of iron of a three-ounce portion of beef, says Begg. Just add a teaspoon or two to muffins, smoothies, or pancakes. You can find it in a specialty food store. READ MORE: Kim Kardashian is on the Atkins Diet