Herbs that can be used As an Antioxidant

What is an antioxidant?

Antioxidants are inhibitors of the process of oxidation. Oxidation is one of the many processes that occur in our body that is responsible for devising ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species), commonly known as free radicals. The free radicals kick start a chain of horrendous reactions that damage the cells of the organisms, turning them into free radicals too that make up for a never-ending cycle of the generation of free radicals and the vandalism brought upon by them. 

In order to balance the state of oxidative stress, our body has an innate overlapping antioxidant system (glutathione, catalase, superoxide dismutase) that reduces the extent of cell injury. Excessive accumulation of ROS can cause serious physiological cell dysfunction and cell mutilation. If left unattended, extreme oxidative stress can lead to cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, chronic inflammatory conditions, infertility in males, asthma, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

What are the herbal benefits of antioxidants?

Antioxidants, also known as free radical scavengers, can help prevent a lot of maladies, such as:

  • Loss of vision
  • Heart diseases
  • Cataracts
  • Memory loss
  • Skin damage
  • Chronic and inflammatory conditions (like arthritis and asthma)
  • Diabetes

3 Herbs Recommended as an antioxidant



Elderflower (Sambucus nigra) is traditionally used for making tempting beverages. These flowers are brimmed with phenolic compounds that perform a remarkable job at scavenging the free radicals and arresting the oxidative chain reactions to halt the damage.

A study suggests that consuming elder beverages can help procure natural antioxidants to prevent the diseases caused by oxidative stress.

Take Elderflower Tincture as a dietary supplement to reduce the oxidative burden and support the treatment of diabetes mellitus, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, influenza, and various other conditions. 

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is a versatile herb that has been serving mankind for centuries. Its flavonoid content and phenolic acids (rosmarinic acid, caffeic acid) have earned it the title of potent antioxidant. It boosts the levels of catalase, glutathione, and superoxide dismutase which in turn reduces DNA damage, lipid peroxidation, and myeloperoxidase.

Use Lemon Balm Tea to scavenge those free radicals and halt the deterioration of cells.




Horehound (Marrubium vulgare) is celebrated enthusiastically in the realm of herbalism due to its seemingly endless benefits. It proffers many beneficial pharmacological effects, one of which is its antioxidative activity. It contains gallic acid, ascorbic acid, caffeic acid, catechin, tannic acid, flavans, and flavonols that rage in an intense battle against the free wandering ROS in the body, killing in the process and blocking the pathways that lead to their generation.

Enjoy a powerful cup of Horehound Tea and give those free radicals a good shutdown. 


Other Medicinal Plants that are antioxidant rich