Herbs and spices have been used for thousands of years, and for lots of different purposes. They naturally flavor your favorite dishes and have been known to treat some illnesses. But put down the pepper grinder and cayenne; it’s time to let the fresh, delicate herby goodness shine! A bright flavor addition to salads, these leaves can also be used to freshen up the flavor of meats and dressings. Here are our Top 3 Fat Flushing Herbs:
…is a natural diuretic
…contains a substance called carvone, which aids and calms digestion by relieving intestinal gas.
…seed (1 Tbsp) contains as much calcium as a cup of milk.
…a great source for fiber, iron, and magnesium.
…is an effective blood-sugar stabilizer.
…is an herb and a spice.
…minty and sweet, the fresh leaves are often called cilantro or Chinese parsley.
…stalks are tender and carry the same punch of flavor as the leaves, so don’t throw them out!
…The British Journal of Nutrition published a study which found that when coriander was added to the diet of diabetic mice, it helped stimulate their secretion of insulin and lowered their bloody sugar.
…Researchers have also found that coriander may lower levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) while actually increasing HDL (good cholesterol) levels.
…is the most widely used herb in the United States.
…contains more beta-carotene than carrots, more vitamin C than oranges, more calcium than a cup of milk, and twice as much iron as spinach.
…is also a good source for niacin, vitamin B, folate, phosphorous, zinc, copper, and fiber.
…contains apiole, an essential oil that helps stimulate the kidneys and fight water retention.
Note: Coriander and parsley leaves look quite similar! But pay close attention and you’ll notice coriander (cilantro) leaves are rounded, while parsley leaves are more pointed with serrated-looking edges.