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Make Your Life Better with Basil!

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Make Your Life Better with Basil!
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Basil —this aromatic and beautiful plant is one of the world’s most famous herbs.

Grown in many parts of the world, basil is most commonly associated with Mediterranean dishes, but its original habitat is India, Asia, as well as parts of Africa. Basil belongs to the mint family, and comes in different forms such as sweet, red, long, short, cinnamon, and even clove and lemon basil. So it was used by the Greeks and Romans as a medicinal plant.

So, what are the benefits that inclined ancient civilizations to use it? Not only does it enhance the taste of food, but studies published in the journal Life Sciences show that it contains a high percentage of vitamin K (the key to blood clotting), as well as vitamin A (necessary for vision), and vitamin C (important for the immune system). It also contains zinc, magnesium, calcium, and potassium along with dietary fiber.

In addition, Other scientific studies indicate that this medicinal plant has healing properties:

1. Anti-inflammatory

It contains strong aromatic oils such as ingenol and linalool, which help to combat inflammation.

2. Anti-cancer

Clinical studies published in the Journal of Nutrition and Cancer in 2013; shown that basil contains substances that naturally help in the prevention of cancer, including skin cancer caused by chemicals, liver cancer, and also lung cancer.

3. Anti-bacterial and Anti-microbial

Perhaps one of its most important benefits is the protection against the growth of harmful bacteria. Also studies suggest that basil extract helps prevent the proliferation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. When researchers from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Lodz in Poland tested the antibacterial activity of basil oil against E. coli strains collected from patients with different types of infections, the results showed that this plant was effective in curbing the growth and spread of these harmful bacteria. This herb also has strong antimicrobial properties that help fight viruses and diseases.

4. Anti-stress and Anti-depressant

While studies have shown that it has the ability to help the body relax and adapt to stress. Its benefits also extend to mental disorders and mood-related illnesses, including depression and anxiety. Basil works as an antidepressant because it positively affects brain function within the adrenal cortex, which helps stimulate the release of neurotransmitters that are responsible for making hormones that keep us feeling happy and energetic.

5. Detoxifier

Since Basil enhances liver function and helps eliminate toxins from the body. A study published in the Journal of Food Medicine found that when mice were given this plant’s leaves over five days, they experienced a significant boost in the production of enzymes that help detoxify and reduce the accumulation of fat in the liver that can cause liver disease.

Nutrition

Also did you know that half a cup of fresh chopped basil (eight tablespoons) contains:

  • 2 calories
  • 0g of fat, protein and sugars
  • 56mg of vitamin A (24% RDA)
  • 88mg of vitamin K (108% RDA)
  • 0.24 mg manganese (12% RDA)
  • 4 mg of vitamin C (8% RDA)

Finally Basil isn’t just delicious, it can help fight many diseases and keep you healthy. And because it does not contain many calories or fat, you can add a big handful to your food without fear. Why not try our delicious and simple basil pasta recipe?

Basil and Tomato Spaghetti

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