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Basil is a very humble herb and is best known for it’s wonderful flavor in pesto and various other Italian and Meditteranean dishes. Basil isn’t only delicious, but it gives us many wonderful health benefits as well. Basil has 2 main components which are beneficial to our health. These are it’s flavanoids and volatile oils. I did a little research and this is what I found.
Basil helps promote digestive health. It helps relieve indigestion, stomach ache, cramps and nausea.
2. Insect Repellent
Basil oil has also been used to repel insects and relieve insect stings and bites with topical application by reducing the swelling and burning.
Like most good greens it contains flavanoid compounds which are powerful antioxidants.
4. Food Poisoning
The chemicals found in the volatile oils in basil such as cineole, limonene, myrcene, sabinene, and estragole help fight several types of bacteria which cause food poisoning. Studies have shown it to be very effective in restricting the growth of these bacteria.
Basil contains a chemical called eugenol in it’s volatile oils which has anti-inflammatory properties and can help relieve the pain of arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome.
Basil contains zeaxanthin and lutein which are good for eye health and help protect our eyes from age-related macular disease.
7. Vitamin A
It is a very good source of vitamin A. Vitamin A is beneficial for your eyes, skin, immune system, bones, and teeth.
8. Protection at a Cellular Level
Orientin and vicenin are water soluble flavanoids found in basil which help protect us at a cellular level by protecting our cell structures and even our chromosomes from both oxygen based damage and radiation.
Basil is a great source of magnesium which promotes cardiovascular health by relaxing our blood vessels and muscles thus improving blood flow.
10. Stress Relief
Basil helps reduce stress by reducing cortisol levels along with other stress related chemicals. Cortisol is a chemical which is secreted in response to stress in order to help us prepare for a “fight or flight” reaction. Cortisol levels are stabalized as we recover from stress.
11. Excellent Source of Several Vitamins and Minerals
It is also an excellent source of vitamin C, Vitamin K, iron, copper and manganese along with all of their health benefits.
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