Basil Leaves 100 Gms/ 40 Rs.

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Health Benefits of Basil

Sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) is most known for its culinary uses. If you have used my meal plans, you’ve probably noticed that I add it to everything! My husband’s Italian heritage has rubbed off on me and I absolutely love the sweet and fragrant addition of basil. But basil of all varieties has many other benefits besides tasting amazing. It’s highly nutritious with an abundance of vitamin A (as carotenoids), vitamin K, and vitamin C. It’s also rich in magnesium, iron, potassium, and calcium.

But it doesn’t stop there. Basil has many other health benefits too:

Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory

One of the health benefits of basil is that it can act as an antioxidant and help the body get rid of free radicals. Sweet basil is an excellent source of antioxidants such as phenolic compounds and polyphenols. Research published in 2012 showed that these antioxidants make basil a great choice for helping with inflammatory diseases. This includes:

  • fever
  • common cold
  • stress
  • purifying the blood
  • reducing blood glucose, risk of heart attacks and cholesterol level
  • mouth ulcer
  • arthritis

This study also mentions that the anti-inflammatory properties of basil are well known. Because oxidative stress and inflammation are often present with serious illnesses like diabetes and heart disease, this research is promising for combating the increase in these health problems.

Anti-Cancer

Basil also has some anti-cancer properties. Researchers found that holy basil, also known as Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum L. or Ocimum tenuiflorum L.), contains phytochemicals that prevent chemical-induced cancers (skin, liver, oral, and lung). Basil does this by increasing the antioxidant activity, altering the gene expressions, inducing cancer cell death, and inhibiting blood vessel development in the cell.

Antibacterial and Antimicrobial

Basil also has antibacterial properties and antimicrobial properties. In one 2013 study, basil essential oil was used to test its effectiveness against multi-drug resistant bacteria strains of Escherichia coli (E. coli). The basil essential oil was active against every strain of E-coli it was tested with. It was also shown to have anti-microbial properties that were found to fight mold, yeast, and bacteria.

Supports Healthy Cognition and Reduces Depression (Holy Basil)

Certain varieties of basil can help the brain too. Researchers found holy basil enhanced cognitive function and also improved other chronic health issues like diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and psychological stress. A 2017 review also found that holy basil was a great remedy for mental stress associated with depression.

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