I was just reading this neat little page on the benefits of herbs in Parenting Magazine and loved how it gave specific mineral content.
Basil – Just two teaspoons give you five percent of your daily requirements of magnesium
Cilantro – promote healthy digestion
Dill – sooth indigestion
Parsley – two teaspoons of dried parsley give you 150% of your daily vitamin K needs
Rosemary – may help cut your risk for cancer due to its high antioxidant content
Thyme – Just two teaspoons of dried thyme provide nearly 20% of your daily iron needs
Here are some of the roles of the vitamin and minerals mentioned above
- Magnesium – maintain normal muscle and nerve function including the heart, promote healthy bones and immune system
- Vitamin K – promotes bone health and plays a huge role in blood clotting (therefore people on blood thinners, like Coumadin, avoid high vitamin K foods)
- Iron – give oxygen to the blood and more
I was really impressed by thyme providing that much iron! For some people iron can be very difficult to get into their daily diet. Just remember the best sources absorbed by our bodies come from animal sources such as beef. If you want to increase your iron absorption in certain vegetables such as dark leafy greens – add some vitamin C including red peppers, strawberries, broccoli, cauliflower, jicama and many more!
- Iron + Vitamin C = increase absorption of iron
- Iron + Calcium = decrease absorption of iron
Enjoy the flavor!