Despite the popularity of supplements today, doctors agree that the best way to get the essential vitamins and nutrients you need is through your diet. That means paying attention to the ingredients in your food. An even better way to make sure you are getting the nutrients you need is to cook for yourself using natural ingredients and adding herbs and spices to help boost your immune system. We’ve done the research for you and discovered a few of the best herbs you can eat for overall health and well-being.

Garlic

Garlic, a member of the onion family, is a true powerhouse herb that can be used both fresh and dried. Low in calories but rich in nutrients, garlic provides vitamin B6, vitamin C, manganese, and antioxidants. It offers additional benefits including:

Sage

Long used in natural remedies, modern research has shown that sage can actually improve memory and reduce cholesterol levels. Rich in calcium, iron, and vitamin A, sage is easily grown at home and can be added fresh or dried to many recipes. It has the added advantage of providing calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C and antioxidants. Some of the possible health benefits of sage include:

  • Improvement of memory and word recall
  • Potential to fight or prevent Alzheimer’s
  • Flavonoids to help prevent cancer
  • Healing for cold sores
  • Lowered cholesterol
  • Controlling symptoms of menopause

Ginger

High in calcium, iron, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and folate, ginger has been used for centuries for a variety of home remedies – many of which are backed up by today’s research. Chemicals found in ginger have been proven to reduce inflammation as well as nausea. The benefits of ginger include:

  • Reducing nausea and vomiting
  • Preventing morning sickness
  • Decreasing menstrual pain
  • Treating pain from osteoarthritis
  • Combatting dizziness

Peppermint

Peppermint is a popular plant used for centuries in Europe to cure and treat a host of ailments. High in vitamins A and C, peppermint oil is widely used as food flavor, and peppermint tea has become a popular drink. This plant is also thought to have a calming effect, along with anti-bacterial and antifungal properties. The health benefits of peppermint may include:

  • Treating symptoms of IBS
  • Soothing discomfort from breastfeeding
  • Relieving heartburn
  • Reliving migraine and tension headache

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a popular spice offering calcium, iron and antioxidants that is commonly used in cooking as well as tea. In many countries it is prescribed extensively for its medicinal benefits. There are a number of research studies that point to a number of potential health uses, including:

  • Lowering blood glucose
  • Relieving high blood pressure
  • Providing antimicrobial activity
  • Reducing cholesterol
  • Protecting against ulcers
  • Wound healing
  • Protecting against cancer

Thyme

Not only is thyme a delicious herb, but it has been shown to help with some respiratory problems and its aroma is thought to have mood-boosting benefits. Dried thyme is particularly high in iron and calcium and also provides vitamin A and vitamin C. Some research suggests that thyme may be useful for:

  • Treating bronchitis
  • Controlling coughs

Adding any or all of these powerful herbs to your regular diet can help you to stay healthy and may also provide powerful protection and/or relief from a number of diseases and challenging health conditions.