Herbs and spices are used all over the world, and in all different cultures, to add to our culinary experience. Without them, our foods will be blend.
Herbs and spices, are often used to create our gastromonical pleasures - creating alluring aroma, teasing our taste buds, tempting our sights, and making us wanting more ... creating food cravings, as we associate foods with pleasure.
Before we launch into talking about antioxidant herbs and antioxidant spices, I ask the question "what's a herb?" and "what's a spice?". While it is not necessary to clearly define them as both herbs and spices are known to contain a lot of antioxidants, but so that folks find it easier to search through this site, I thought it may be best to define them for the purposes of this site ...
Interestingly, herbs are categorized/defined a few ways:
As you can see, the definitions in various categories can be specific/precise, but they can also overlap (especially, the medicinal definition).
For the purposes of this page and website, herbs shall be defined:
Not as difficult as herbs ...
For the purposes of this page, we will just use :
What about salt? Is is a herb? Is it a spice?
Technically, it is classed as a mineral, but it functions gastronomically, to add to our culinary experience, too. It would be difficult to try call it a herb, but maybe we can "smuggle" it into the spices category.
For the purposes of this page and website ... and after all, salt, though technically a mineral, adds to our culinary experience, its mineral contents has some antioxidants effects.
Garlic? Onion? Shallot?
Based on some write-ups, technically, garlic is not a herb but a "green"/vegetable.
For the purposes of this page, we shall sneak these 3 (and their likes) into the category of herb:
The same reasoning is applied to other "greens" in the same family, when we write about them in the future ... otherwise, we won't be able to get on to the more important purpose for this page ...
Herbs or spices, we are interested in their antioxidant benefits, for health.
Examples of herbs - of the more commonly ones:
Examples of spices - of the more commonly known ones:
Herbs and spices are not just about gastromonical sensations; they have been used as nutritional and medicinal values, since the ancient times.
The practice of herbalism, the use of herbs for its medicinal values, based on write-up in Wikipedia, goes back to 60,000 years ago!
There is no equivalent term for spices, that I could find. It could simply means that while it may be called "herbalism", spices are included in the cures. After all, many of the spices are just the the stem/root/seeds/stalk of these herbs, in the dry form - causing them to be classified as "spices".
While herbal remedies are used all over the world, their use is more prominent in Asia and Africa. In the same article, it says that World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that as high as 80% of Asia and Africa is still dependent on herbal medicines as the primary cure.
Other than for cost reasons, it could well be that theses herbal cures have been tested through time.That said, there are still many skeptics around.
As I always believe, sometimes it is so much not the medicine, but the diagnosis has to be correct in the first place before the right prescription can be applied.
Diagnosis is just as important as the cure, if not more important. With a wrong diagnosis, even the best "cure" may not produce the good results anticipated.
While herbs and spices are said to contain loads of antioxidants, each of them, however, have one or a couple of more prominent antioxidants, and sometimes unique to them only.
Let's look at a couple ...
We hope you enjoyed browsing through these herbs pages.
We intend to add more other herbs' stories, in the near future, and also to create a section for spices ... after all this page is about "Antioxidant Herb and Antioxidant Spices"
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