Natural Antioxidants from Herbs and Spices

by WriterArtist

Plants are a good source of natural antioxidants. Nature offers a multitude of vegetarian sources such as fruits, tea, vegetables, herbs and spices.

For Vegans and Vegetarians, this is good news. These are cheaper options compared to meat and poultry. Fruits such as Pomegranate, plums, berries, herbs like rosemary, oregano and spices such as cinnamon, cloves and many other plants are a rich source of naturally occurring antioxidants. Mushrooms are another source of antioxidant rich food.

Degenerative and chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular ailments produce free radicals that have one or more unpaired electrons. These radicals are extremely unstable and in search of a free electron to attain stability thus contributing to declining health conditions.

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Demand for Natural Antioxidants

 

The demand for natural antioxidants from herbs continues to grow because people are concerned about the side effects from synthetically produced antioxidants. Food is a natural resource for antioxidants. Traditionally, herbs and spices were used in food for their aroma and zest. They were insufficient as standalone food that did not provide human body the much needed nutrition as the protein and carbohydrates from pulses and grains do.

What are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants Mechanisms

 

Antioxidants are chemical substances that keep free radicals in control. The antioxidants can be derived both naturally and synthetically. Antioxidants neutralize the free radicals that are known to cause damage to the cells in our body. Oxidation is a prominent factor leading to chronic diseases and fatal deaths.

Everything would have been fine with synthetically derived elements but the antioxidants in our body do not work with them naturally. They require simulation, here is where the redox signalling comes in picture.

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Redox Signaling

 

Redox signaling molecules are created in a human body naturally. Every cell in our body uses them as cellular messengers. An inherent cellular communication of this living organism is essential for the human physiology. Without redox signaling there would be no activation of the antioxidants stored in human body.

Types of Antioxidants

Antioxidants from Herbs

 

Herbs and Spices play an equal role in providing antioxidants to the body and reducing oxidative stress. Antioxidants are in no way simple chemicals. Our body produces a variety of antioxidants. To name a few, there are antioxidants enzymes, glutathione, glutaredoxine and so on…

 

Artificial supplements could never cover the entire gamut of antioxidants and hence there is sometimes no positive effect from body when a person takes a dose of synthetic antioxidant. However, when herbal supplements are taken, the potential benefits of rich and diverse antioxidants are obvious.

 

Plant evolution for millions of years have evolved with many complex combinations and types of antioxidants. Herbs and spices are the richest source to these natural antioxidants and are very important to human physiology.

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Top Herbs Producing Antioxidants

 

Dragon’s blood herb from Peru tops the chart. Indian herbs Triphala, Amalaki and Arjuna and traditional Japanese Kampo medicine ‘Goshuyu-tou’ comes next.

All other herbs and spices contain the highest density of antioxidants compared to meat and other vegetarian food. Tea and fruits are other sources of natural antioxidants that terminate deadly ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species) attacks.

 

Barring spices, tea, fruits and veggies it essentially means culinary herbs such as mint, oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil, sage, dill, chives, parsley and all other herbs are excellent resources of antioxidants and we must continue to use them in our cuisines fresh or dried. Point to note is fresh and raw herbs continue to bring the most impressive content of antioxidants.

Updated: 05/03/2021, WriterArtist
 
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DerdriuMarriner on 05/05/2021

WriterArtist, Thank you for practical information, pretty pictures and product lines.
Rudolf Steiner and David Stuart, both of whose publications I've reviewed on Wizzley, caution against such health aids as synthetic antioxidants. For example, only Mother Nature quinine proves 100 percent effective in anti-malarial treatments.
What mushrooms do you particularly favor?

blackspanielgallery on 05/03/2021

The nice thing about herbs is they thrive potted indoors, so you can have a ready supply of fresh herbs literally growing in your kitchen. Indoor plants have no need for pesticides if the windows and doors are kept closed, so you get the herbs when harvesting, not chemicals sprayed on the plants.
I like the positives of members of the onion family. Sprinkle a few chives for a tastey effect.

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