Alarming numbers reveal the undeniable truth that more than one in three Americans will develop high blood pressure at some point in their lives.
High intake of sodium in our diet is considered the main dietary reason of high blood pressure as it causes the cells of the body to retain fluids and puts a strain on your heart.
But we all LOVE salt, don’t we? And meal without salt doesn’t taste the same.
There is, however a solution to this dilemma. According to the researchers of Michigan University, there is a tasty way to trick our taste buds and enjoy meals without salt!
Even better, not only does this solution lower our salt intake, it provides several other health benefits.
Researchers report that the best way of kicking the use of salt habit is using herbal seasoning instead.
Herbal spices are not just a very healthy addition. They are definitely the best way to replace salt from a diet if you are affected by it. Strong spices trick our tastes buds to believe that we are tasting salt without actually using it.
Here is the list of the herbs that researchers from Michigan University recommend using:
1) Basil (Tulsi) is one of the healthiest herbs available today. It is great in preventing cardiovascular diseases as it is loaded with magnesium and other important nutrients. It has a strong, aromatic taste and is often used in Italian dishes.
2) Parsley is abundant in iron content and is rich in vitamins A, B, C and trace minerals. Parsley helps prevent indigestion and bloating. This amazing herb also helps enhance the taste of food and other spices. Parsley is great in fish dishes, soups and salads.
3) Sage is an extremely aromatic, soft and sweet-flavored herb. This herb has wonderful health promoting properties. It is packed with antioxidants, vital minerals and vitamins. Sage is a good preventative tool to avoid cardiovascular diseases. This herb is mostly used in pork dishes and bread stuffing.
4) Cilantro is a common ingredient in South American dishes, like guacamole, fish dishes and salsas. This herb is rich in antioxidants, dietary fiber, essential oils and vitamins. Cilantro is great in managing bad cholesterol levels, too. It is loaded with Potassium, the compound known to help lower blood pressure.
5) Savory( Satureja) –is a mint plant family and has a flavor similar to Oregano. It’s a delicate and very aromatic culinary herb widely used in Eastern Europe. The leaves of the herb contain very high quality compounds that have strong health-promoting properties.