Enhance your health with freshly grown herbs
By John McCormick

(NC)—Did you know that one tablespoon of fresh oregano contains the same amount of antioxidants as a medium sized apple?

We know that antioxidants in our bodies are essential to good health. Many fruits and vegetables provide them, but research shows that fresh oregano is at the top of the list in antioxidant activity. Adding fresh herbs to your diet is an easy way to include significant amounts of antioxidants and increase the health value of a meal without adding extra calories–and you can easily grow them right in your own backyard garden or in containers on your patio or balcony.

Fresh oregano is rated the herb leader with the most antioxidant activity and is even more highly rated than the much–touted blueberries. Other popular, high–antioxidant herbs are sage, peppermint, dill and thyme.

Whether you're a new or seasoned gardener, you can visit www.bonnieplants.ca for practical tips and information on how to plant and grow fresh herbs –– for a healthier lifestyle.


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