Herbs and spices have been used throughout history for both medicinal and culinary uses. Modern science tells us that many of the most delicious herbs and spices also have strong health benefits.

As you are preparing your next healthy meal, try to use some of these tasty herbs and spices:

#1 Garlic

Garlic has the ability to ward off some types of illnesses and also is good for the heart. Garlic has been used for centuries for many health benefits, and now we know that many of these benefits are due to a compound called allicin. This is also what gives garlic its odor.

Garlic is well known today for helping to fight the common cold. If you are starting to get the sniffles, adding garlic to your diet could help.

Also, if you have high cholesterol, evidence suggests that garlic may help to reduce total and LDL cholesterol by up to 15%.

#2 Rosemary

Rosemary can help to prevent allergic reactions and nasal congestion. The active ingredient in this pungent herb is called rosmarinic acid. A recent clinical study of 30 people showed that regular doses of this acid can reduce allergy symptoms.

It seems that rosmarinic acid has anti-inflammatory effects that can reduce allergy symptoms for some users.

#3 Holy Basil

This is a separate species from regular basis; it is considered a sacred herb in India. Studies indicate that holy basil can stop the growth of many types of bacteria, yeasts and molds.

Another study showed that this type of herb can increase the function of the immune system. Some also believe that this plant can reduce blood sugar levels, and may help with anxiety.

#4 Sage

Sage gets its name from a Latin word 'salvere,' which means 'to save.' It had a very strong reputation in the Middle Ages for its healing properties.

According to modern research, sage may help to improve brain function and memory. This can be particularly useful for people who suffer from Alzheimer's disease. That disease sees a drop in acetycholine levels, which is a chemical messenger in the brain. Sage can inhibit the breakdown of this chemical.

Try to add some of these herbs and spices into your diet for some super health benefits!