The Health Benefits of Basil

By HealthSignz | Published: April 2nd, 2016

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Though native to India and tropical Asia, basil is commonly used in Italian, Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. 

Factoid:

There are different varieties of basil such as sweet, lime and lemon. Each of them has a unique flavour.

Benefits:

  • Essential oils reduce swelling and inflammation within 24 hours of treatment
  • High antioxidant content prevents free radical induced damage in the liver, brain and heart
  • Lessens the progression of asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Prevents the harmful effects of ageing

Diet:

  • Add garlic, olive oil and freshly chopped basil to whole-wheat pasta for good health
  • Bake bread with tomato sauce and layering fresh basil leaves 
  • Cook basil with eggplant, cabbage, chilli peppers, tofu and cashew nuts 
  • Make a cup of basil tea by infusing chopped basil leaves in boiling water
  • Blend pureed basil, olive oil and onions in and add to tomato soups

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