Recent research suggests that basil can help fight bacteria, viruses, and chronic diseases. And you thought it was just for pesto!
This natural antibiotic is considered a holy herb in different cultures due to the amazing benefits it brings. The plant grows in warm and tropical climates. The plant is easy to maintain and can be grown indoors or outside – you just need to snip off budding heads to keep your plant full and rich.
Note: only 2 tablespoons of basil provide 29% of the daily recommended value. Basil also provides vitamin A, which contains beta-carotenes, powerful antioxidants that protect the cells lining a number of numerous body structures, from free radical damage including the blood vessels. This helps prevent cholesterol in blood from oxidizing, helping to prevent atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and stroke.
Other vitamins and minerals in basil include iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, vitamin C and potassium. Not surprisingly, basil also has antibacterial properties and contains DNA-protecting flavonoids.
Health Benefits of Basil
Antioxidant properties – According to several studies, basil can protect you from numerous chemicals and carcinogens.
Natural Antibiotic – You’ll be amazed when we tell you that a recent study has revealed that basil is really powerful natural antibiotic, due to its anti-microbial content. So, if you combine basil with some garlic – you will make the most powerful natural antibiotic – ever made.
Cleanse the Blood Vessels – This super healthy herb is excellent for cleansing your arteries from the LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Other basil health benefits – Basil can help you treat headaches, diarrhea, constipation, cough, flu, parasites, warts, kidney problems and other diseases and conditions as well.