Having fresh herbs readily available for cooking makes food taste delicious. Along with adding more flavor to your food, herbs add beneficial minerals and antioxidants to your diet.

Here are three herbs and some of their health benefits. 

1.) Fresh Basil is a widely used herb and contains high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin A, cryptoxanthin, lutein and zea-xanthin. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals that play a role in aging and disease processes.

2.) Fresh Cilantro with its deep-green leaves contains antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins, and dietary fiber, which may help reduce LDL or “bad cholesterol” levels in the blood.

3.) Fresh rosemary leaves are a good source of vitamin C, an antioxidant vitamin that is required for collagen synthesis in the body. Collagen is the main structural protein in the body required for maintaining the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C boosts your immune system and helps scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.

Consider adding an herb garden to your kitchen and begin to enjoy all the health benefits of fresh herbs.