Adding flavor with herbs and spices may help you consume less salt. That’s a good thing. Too much salt may raise your blood pressure, and increase your risk of stroke. Plus, using herbs and spices can help you consume more antioxidants. These are nutrients that help the body fight cell damage. They can help protect your body from a number of health problems. These nutrients are linked to reduced chances of heart disease and certain cancers. So pass on the salt—but say yes to herbs and spices.