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Herbs for Health (page 2 of 2)

by Suzanne DeJohn

Staying Current

It's mind-boggling to try to keep up with all the latest news on health and nutrition. Fortunately, most of the health recommendations follow a pattern: eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, and, now, herbs. This is not exactly a hardship, especially for us gardeners. A Web search on the subject of antioxidants yields literally hundreds of sites (many of which are trying to sell you the latest and greatest supplements). It pays to note the source of the information and look at the "fine print." For example, in the study cited above, oregano is said to have four times more antioxidants per gram than blueberries. While that sounds impressive at first, consider just how much fresh oregano you're willing to munch. I'm more inclined to eat the larger amount of blueberries at a sitting!

*Antioxidants are a group of compounds that researchers believe help prevent cancer, heart disease, and stroke. They do this by destroying free radicals, which are charged molecules generated by a variety of sources, including smoking and exposure to pesticides. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, November, 2001.

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