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April 2002 Issue

Hidden Health Benefits of Cooking With Herbs

Oregano and other common cooking herbs not only flavor food, they also spice up the body’s antioxidant capacity and augment natural defenses against age-related conditions. In a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, scientists tested the antioxidant capacity of 27 culinary herbs and 12 medicinal herbs, all grown under identical conditions. They found many to be, ounce for ounce, more potent than fruits and vegetables. Three varieties of oregano, including Italian, exhibited the most antioxidant activity of the herbs

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