7 Powerful Antioxidants in Your Kitchen:
[Herbs Powders & Spices]
Remember that a varied diet naturally contains antioxidants and should not fall into excess.
Antioxidants: probably already live in the cupboards of your kitchen
We know about antioxidants in the form of fruits, blueberries, in addition, some dried fruits like nuts, but we sometimes think less of spices and herbs that can be included in the kitchen every day.
It is best to combine fruits and vegetables with other sources of antioxidants. In any case, opt for organic, for your health and for their higher content of antioxidants.
To measure the level of antioxidants, we will use ORAC, Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, the absorption capacity of free radicals.
The higher it is, the more important the action.
One of the richest antioxidant foods, the berries of some non-toxic thus (sumacs), have an average ORAC of 312.400 μmol TE/100 g. For comparison, the pomegranate has an average ORAC of 2860/100g.
Among the aromatic herbs, the champion is by far the clove. While this may remind you of the dentist, clove has an average ORAC of 290.283/100g.
You have probably heard a lot about Spirulina, an extremely rich micro-algae.
In addition to its benefits, you should know that spirulina is also integrated into the kitchen: not only it is integrated with finished products, such as pasta but can also be used as an ingredient of a raw recipe.
Switch to spirulina with a pesto recipe or even twigs in a salad if you like the taste.
Oregano is an excellent source of polyphenols, among the antioxidant molecules, like many spices.
Not only it is an exceptional source but also displays an average ORAC of 175.295/100g.
Oregano, as long as you like the taste, is easy to incorporate in dishes with tomato, particularly in many Italian dishes, but you can also put this spice in eggs, soups, stir-fries or salads.
Dry rosemary has an ORAC of 165.280/100g. Rosemary is delicious for cooking, for vegetables, marinades, or even potatoes. Some add it to olive oil, add it to infusions or flavor lemonade with it.
Dried thyme has an ORAC of 157.380/100g. This spice is also very popular in the Mediterranean and will, therefore, be ideal for southern recipes. Like oregano or rosemary, its uses are quite broad: sauces, roasts, soups, salads, eggs, pasta, garlic bread, etc.
Turmeric has an average ORAC of 127.068/100g. Classic Indian cuisine, including curries, which can even be cooked with ingredients like lentils. Turmeric goes well with other spices such as cumin, coriander, garlic or ginger. For example, you can put turmeric in soups, rice, or eat turmeric pasta, and it can be used in preparations such as chutney or mustard.
Sage is very useful for health, quite easy to grow and has an average ORAC of 119.929/100g. Like rosemary, it is easy to use with roasts, including vegetables, but also with pasta in creamy sauces, and in soups. Perfect for winter vegetables, especially the famous old vegetables like butternut or rutabaga.
This was the list of 7 Powerful Antioxidants in Your Kitchen. If you know some other Antioxidant let me know in the comments below!