June 08, 2013
Get Big on Basil
Basil, the fragrant and popular herb, is not only a powerhouse in the spice rack, but it can also double as a major player in your medicine cabinet. The health benefits of basil are as impressive as it’s prowess in the kitchen.
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Basil is rich in vitamin K and A. Vitamin K helps blood clot properly. It also aids in maintaining overall bone health. Vitamin A has antioxidant properties, and it’s essential for good vision. It’s also necessary for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. In fact, foods rich in vitamin A have been shown to help protect the body from lung and oral cancers. Just 100 g of fresh basil leaves contains an amazing 175% of your daily dose of vitamin A.
Basil leaves also contain essential oils such as eugenol, citronellol, linalool, citral, limonene and terpineo. These health promoting compounds are known for their anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.