Herbs and spices are known to have some of the highest levels of antioxidants which supports our immune health. Eating foods high in antioxidants helps to protect our cells from disease, viruses and other illnesses.
When our antioxidant levels are low our immune system doesn’t work as well as it should, putting us at risk of getting sick.
Adding herbs and spices when you’re cooking is one of the easiest things you can do to boost your immune system.
Here are some key herbs and spices that support immune health.
Ginger is known for it’s immense benefits. It supports the immune system and helps fight symptoms if you do get sick. Ginger is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
It works great in Asian dishes and stir-fries. Make ginger tea by pouring hot water over fresh ginger and letting it steep for a few minutes.
This Italian herb is loaded with antioxidants that specifically help protect our cells from viruses and disease. Oregano has shown evidence that it improves heart health and bone health.
Studies have shown that this tasty herb can help liver function, which removes the toxins in our bodies which will also help us stay healthy.
Cumin seeds have been used for years as respiratory support. This is because respiratory issues cause inflammation and cumin seeds have shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Cumin seeds also helps to keep your immune system boosted. They are antibacterial and antiviral, which can help clear up sympotms you might have when you’re sick.
This golden seasoning is loaded with all sorts of benefits, but the biggest one is turmeric's anti-inflammatory properties.
Inflammation is the cause of many illnesses and diseases. We all have inflammation in our bodies whether we feel it or not, so turmeric is good to add to your cooking.
It’s mostly used in Indian dishes like curry (curry spice blends almost always include turmeric), but I’ll even throw some into dishes like chili and soups.
Here are a few recipes to get you started incorporating these immunity-boosting herbs into your meals:
Megan Evans is a certified holistic Nutritionist and creator of MegUnprocessed.com. She's also the healthy living and nutrition expert on ABC10 in Sacramento, CA. She recently completed the T. Collin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies Plant-Based Nutrition program with Cornell University online. She shares daily meal ideas and healthy living tips on her Instagram page @megunprocessed.