For centuries, Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine has embraced the powerful, health benefits of herbs. More recently (last few hundred years), other parts of the world have caught on to the importance of consuming herbs regularly. Well now, genetics researchers have confirmed that herbs not only improve your health, but also alter your genes to fight disease. And Naturopathy believes this dual effect exceeds the ability of any pharmaceutical drug on the market.
Chemical medicine vs. Herbal medicineJust about every medication you take is filled with chemical ingredients that you can barely pronounce. Yet, somewhere among that overwhelming list you usually see the words “active ingredients.” These active ingredients indicate the one or two compounds that actually make the medication work in your body. So, what are all those other chemicals for? We may never know, but we do know that they are not improving your health. On the other hand, one herb contains dozens, and in some cases, hundreds of active agents that all affect your body in a positive manner. And what’s great is that unlike chemical medicines, herbs go beyond relieving your exterior symptoms to interacting with your organ systems. This activity alone supports stronger immunity, balanced metabolism, and better overall health.
How your genes respond to HerbsGenetics research from Taiwan National Central University revealed that herbs function so effectively in your body by making alterations to your genes directly or to proteins that affect your genes. In fact, the active agents found in herbs target genes at the precise time when DNA repair occurs during cell division. One of the methods herbs use to alter genes is methylation. Methylation involves adding chemical compounds called methyl groups to DNA for protection. Therefore, this herbal activity at the genetic level appears to stop disease and other medical conditions before they even manifest. As a result, methylation has also been linked to fighting the ageing process.
Herbs you should start eating today!
- Herbs straight from your garden! Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Coriander, Mint, Chives, Basil, Oregano, Bay Leaves, Lemongrass
- Spices too Cayenne—this anti-inflammatory spice improves respiratory health, stimulates circulation, reduces bad cholesterol, lowers high blood pressure, and relieves pain. Garlic—acts as an antioxidant to boost immunity and fight bacterial infections. Ginger, Cinnamon, Cardomon, Coriander, Cumin, Turmeric etc etc