“Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” These were the words of Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine,” in 400 BC. The Chinese have also traditionally not distinguished between food and medicine.
What was true 2400 years ago is even truer today with the typical American diet high in processed foods that contaminate our bodies with anarchist-sounding rogues named “free radicals.” These are the leading villains in the aging process and a major cause of age related diseases such as arthritis, heart disease and cancer.
Although fruits and vegetables have been traditionally regarded as the best dietary source of free radical fighting antioxidants, a recent report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry revealed that common kitchen herbs have higher antioxidant activity than fruits and vegetables.
So, to your pantry and garden then for good taste, nutrition and well-being.