Forget Those Sugar Packed Energy Fluids! Use These Healthier Herbs to Help You Run Better!

More than just garnish, herbs infuse meals with fresh flavor—and loads of health-boosting nutrients.


This summer staple is rich in rosmarinic acid, which reduces inflammation that can contribute to heart disease.

How to use it: Pair with mozzarella and tomatoes.


A delicately flavored cousin of onions and garlic, chives supply quercetin, a potential cancer fighter.

How to use it: Sprinkle over potato salad dressed with vinaigrette.


Whether you love it or hate it, cilantro is a potent source of compounds that inhibit damage to blood vessels.

How to use it: Add to fresh salsa or guacamole.


Dill packs more antioxidant nutrients than many so-called "superfoods," such as kale and pomegranates.

How to use it: Sprinkle on poached salmon.


Research shows that consuming mint regularly may help ward off age-related diseases (such as Alzheimer's).

How to use it: Brew it with iced tea.


Oregano extracts have been shown to block the effects of artery-clogging LDL cholesterol particles.

How to use it: Simmer in stew to release its bio-active compounds.


A study from Malaysia found that phenolic compounds in the herb inhibit cancer cell growth.

How to use it: Use in tabbouleh, where its fresh flavor gets to shine.


It's rich in a terpene called rosmanol that may inhibit inflammation that can lead to joint trouble.

How to use it: When making kabobs, skewer meat on a rosemary stick.


Sage supplies a wealth of terpenes—including carnosol, which helps protect the body from cancer-causing agents.

How to use it: Bake into savory scones.


It contains thymol, a compound that blocks LDL particles from inflaming artery walls—helping ward off vascular diseases.

How to use it: Add to olive tapenade.

Source: Runner's World

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