Basil has long been part of natural medicine, and for good reasons. This herb is abundant in health-boosting phytonutrients, owing to which is one of the most powerful natural antibiotics. In many cultures around the world, it is still considered as the ‘holy’ herb.
There are over 60 varieties of basil, which have been categorized into 3 groups – sweet, purple, and bush. Basil thrives in warm, tropical climates.
Note: This super plant can be easily grown inside as well. What you do is snip off the budding heads whenever they appear and below the base of a leaf near the bottom on spindly stems. This will keep your plant full, and a new branch will appear.
There are other reasons why this plant is considered one of the healthiest herbs on earth. Aside from the unique, pungent taste it gives to dishes, basil also packs a long list of nutrients, such as vitamin K, essential for blood clotting.
Note: It’s amazing that only 2 tbs. basil provide 29% of vitamin K daily recommended allowance. Basil is also rich in vitamin A, which contains beta-carotenes – powerful antioxidants that protect cell structure and lining, as well as blood vessels, from the adverse effects of free radicals. In other words, inhibits oxidation of cholesterol in blood, thus preventing atherosclerosis, heart failure and strokes.
Aside from K and A vitamins, basil also packs generous amounts of iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, vitamin C and potassium, as well as DNA-protecting flavonoids. Owing to its health-beneficial ingredients, basil is a one of the most potent natural antibiotics.
Basil – Health Benefits:
A Storehouse of Antioxidants – a number of studies have confirmed that basil can effectively protect against toxic chemicals and carcinogens.
A Natural Antibiotic – new research has found that basil is a powerful natural antibiotic owing to its anti-microbial content. Combining basil with some garlic will give you the most powerful natural antibiotic you can think of.
It Cleanses the Blood Vessels – basil is extremely beneficial for arterial health as it cleanses the arteries from LDL cholesterol.
Other Health Benefits – basil is also beneficial for treating and preventing other health issues including headaches, diarrhea, constipation, cough, parasites, warts, kidneys, etc.
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