If you haven’t already picked up a beautiful basil plant at your local grocery store or market, then you may want to do so on your next trip. There are amazing health benefits to basil!
Native to Asia and India, this special plant has been cultivated for thousands of years for its bright, pungent taste that adds flavor to many healthy dishes.
Perhaps unbeknown to many there are actually different types of basil so you can explore a little too! Make sure you try a variety of basil such as cinnamon basil or lemon basil that both offer a hint of each flavor or enjoy sweet basil that is always easy to find.
In addition to basil’s ability to enhance your favorite meal, it also serves up plenty of health benefits. Lets take a look at the amazing benefits of basil and see how easily in can become part of your diet:
Helps Lower Cholesterol
Basil is loaded with carotenoids and antioxidants that help prevent free radicals (toxins, chemicals, and pollutants) from attacking healthy cells, and basil can also prevent cholesterol from oxidizing in the blood. Hence, cholesterol does not build up in the blood and helps prevent heart disease and atherosclerosis.
Supports Cardiovascular Health
Basil is an excellent source of magnesium that helps relax blood vessels and muscles including the heart. This helps to improve blood flow and can reduce the risk of cardiovascular spasms and irregular heart beat.
Contains Essential Oils For Healthy Hair And Skin
Did you know it also ticks a few boxes when it comes to beauty product too? The essential oils of basil do an amazing job of adding shine to dull looking hair and skin. Basil essential oils also help treat psoriasis and acne.
Basil essential oil contains an enzyme known as eugenol that can prevent the swelling of joints and give relief to those dealing with rheumatoid arthritis. Eugenol in basil can also provide relief from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) such as gas, constipation, stomach cramps, and indigestion.
Prevents Bacterial Growth
Studies show that washing or soaking produce in water with of 1% essential oil of basil can kill bacteria on fresh vegetables and salad. Adding fresh basil to your salad is also a great way to kill bacteria while adding great flavor.
Supports A Strong Immune System
The potent oils in basil and antioxidants offer antibacterial properties that can help fight colds, flu and viral infections.
Basil is delicious by itself with fresh sliced tomatoes, tossed in pasta dishes, tomato sauce and salads. However you enjoy fresh basil, make it a part of your meals whenever possible and enjoy the amazing health benefits of this powerful herb.
So even in this short article you will see that there are a staggering number of reasons why you should perhaps pay a bit more attention to humble basil. There are so many ways in which it can be introduced into you diet to deliver amazing health benefits.
Basil is inexpensive, versatile and wonderfully good for you. And how many things can you say that about?
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