When it comes to healthy eating, words like vitamins and antioxidants are thrown around a lot. Vitamins are of course something most of us are very familiar with, but antioxidants on the other hand are a completely different story altogether. We do however know that they are good for us.
Antioxidants are basically what prevent cell damage that are caused by oxidants (hence the name). It's no surprise that fruits and vegetable are packed with them, but what’s not so well-known is that herbs and spices contain their fair share of antioxidants too. We’ve got a list of these underrated sources of antioxidants so you can start adding these to your pantry.
This is a herb that can be added to almost any dish! With its fragrant aroma, it is also known for being full of nutrition and packed with antioxidants. Basil is a great source of beta carotene which helps with the immune system as well as vision.
Add some spice in your life while you get your antioxidant fix with chilli. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which help with the reduction of swelling and a pain reliever. Due to this property, it has been linked to helping kill cancer cells at early stages.
Similar to the chilli, curry powder has anti-inflammatory properties as well as helps against development of Alzheimer disease.
Not just a delicious aromatic addition to pastries and even drinks, cinnamon has one of the highest anti oxidants. It also helps with increasing insulin sensitivity, lowering cholesterol, and decreasing inflammation.
This spice has been known to help with allergies and arthritis, and also tops the list for spices with a high level of antioxidant.
Known for its many benefits including masks for beauty, turmeric is also an antioxidant that helps with reduction of cholesterol levels. Turmeric can also be consumed with milk to help with digestion in the mornings or before bed. It also helps with weight control.
With the highest level of antioxidants, cloves are a great spice to be incorporated into your diet. It also helps with nausea, diarrhoea, asthma and bronchitis.
Absolutely delicious and chocolate-y, cocoa is one of our favourites when it comes to antioxidants. Just add on to your daily dessert or even breakfast of oatmeal. It not only adds a fantastic flavour, it also does your body good.
Another ingredient that has made waves and one that is incorporated into many dishes, ginger has high levels of antioxidants. Ginger has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries and is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds.
One of the most popular (if not most popular) herb used, parsley is known for its beautiful aroma as well as functionality in the culinary world. It also has many other properties which includes protection from heart disease, improved digestion and helps fight against cancer.