"Food can be food or poison or medicine." ~Farida Sharan
Herbs can become a bigger part of our well-being and can completely replace bottled vitamin and mineral supplementation. If our food is beautiful and filled with colorful fruits, vegetable, and herbs then our bodies are constantly being supplied with everything they need to function at their best. Let our food be our medicine- right! So, below are some of my favorite go-to herbs for added nutrition, immune boosting, and body building support that I add to my everyday foods. I slip these into smoothes and coffee drinks, use them as vinegar extracts on salads, and squeeze or sprinkle on top of meals- everyday. I encourage you to add or subtract herbs to your daily diet like nettles, milk thistle, or marshmallow root.
Super-foods: Vitamins & Minerals
Vitamins and minerals are abundant in many common foods, herbs and spices and should be a huge part of our everyday diets and healthcare practices. Here is a wonderful list adapted from The Complete Guide of Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements by H. Winter Griffith, M.D. of each vitamin and mineral and their plant sources. This is a decent reference book to have in your home that covers a basic profile of all vitamins, minerals, supplements, and herbs. Please feel free to email or visit if you’d like to come by and pick up or order any of these herbs to work with throughout your course. Morgan Botanicals also makes teas, tinctures and capsules of most herbs on this list.
To be healthy, we need a fresh supply of vitamins and minerals every day and the very best way to get these is through the foods and drinks that we consume. Natural, fresh, sources are always best- the more alive and full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and vitality the better!
What are Vitamins and Minerals?
Vitamins are organic substances (made by plants or animals), and minerals are inorganic elements that come from the soil and water and are absorbed by plants or eaten by animals. Our body needs larger amounts of some minerals, such as calcium, to grow and stay healthy. Other minerals like chromium, copper, iodine, iron, selenium, and zinc are called trace minerals because you only need very small amounts of them each day.
What Do Vitamins and Minerals Do?
Vitamins and minerals boost the immune system, support normal growth and development, and help our cells and organs to do their jobs. For example, you've probably heard that carrots are good for your eyes right? Well it's true. Carrots are full of substances called carotenoids that our body converts into Vitamin A, which helps prevent eye problems. And greens are naturally full of calcium that helps build strong bones, teeth and healthy bodies.