Antiviral, antioxidant, and antibacterial, basil has been linked to antimutagenic properties and tumor reduction. This herb is a staple of Mediterranean cooking and can be grown indoors on a sunny windowsill. Pair basil with tomatoes and mozzarella for a light caprese salad, or crush the fragrant leaves with garlic, parmesan cheese, olive oil, pine nuts, and salt for an easy, homemade pesto this summer.
Several studies link this woodsy herb and its active compounds to reduced tumor proliferation, limiting the production of certain human cancer cells. This ever-green herb is extraordinarily fragrant, slightly pine-like, and pairs well with chicken, lamb, and salmon. A sprig of rosemary can even brighten up a glass of lemonade or a cocktail.
Cilantro is known to detox heavy metals like mercury and lead from the body, helping to prevent harmful buildup. The herb also has strong antioxidant and anti-anxiety properties, which can help promote healthy sleep. Add a handful of the leaves to guacamole for a crowd-pleasing appetizer at any barbeque.
Sage is a potent, antiviral antioxidant with strong cancer fighting potential. Containing over 160 distinct polyphenols (plant-based chemical compounds that act as antioxidants in the body), sage reportedly limits tumor growth, detoxifies the liver, and has been proven to prevent colon cancer in rats. Sage tea is also a great remedy for a sore throat. Try adding some sage to olive oil, butter, or honey for a subtle but flavorful addition to roasted veggies.