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 Basil is a common aromatic herb in the mint family, the same plant family as other nutrient-dense, beneficial herbs, including mint, oregano and rosemary. Basil, of course, is used to add flavor to a variety of recipes, but what may surprise you is the many benefits of basil that make it well-known for its immunity-enhancing properties. Basil extract, or basil essential oil, is proven to help prevent a wide range of health conditions, which makes it one of the most important medical herbs known today. There are actually 35 different types of basil. Basil plants come in a range of variety and sizes, but holy basil is the most researched type of basil thus far. Holy basil is the species of basil most known for its powerful healing qualities. When cooking with fresh basil, it should almost always be added at the last possible moment to retain the delicate flavors. The dried leaves are less sweet and minty and possess a much stronger pepper flavor. Different varieties also have distinctive smells, such as sweet basil, which has notes of clove, and lemon basil, which contains limonene, just like many of your favorite citrus fruits. This herb is popular for its culinary uses along with medicinal benefits.

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Health Benefits of Basil: 

1- Basil contains a source of vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin C, iron, sodium, zinc, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, and vitamin B6, A, and K. (1,2,3,5)

2- Basil seeds are extremely high in fiber, which works to bulk up the stool and make you feel full to prevent overeating and snacking between meals. Which means it helps with weight loss. (1,2,6)

3- The level of potassium in basil seeds is enough to directly impact blood pressure. This hypotensive effect is because potassium is a vasodilator, thus reducing strain on the cardiovascular system. (1,2,3,7)

4- Basil seeds boost bone health, with a diverse range of minerals in basil seeds, including iron, potassium, copper, calcium, manganese, and magnesium, eating these seeds on a regular basis will help improve bone mineral density and this will lower your risk of developing osteoporosis. (2,5,8)

5- Basil seeds contain high amounts of vitamin A and other antioxidants, which can help reduce oxidative stress and chronic inflammation around the body. (1,2,9)

6- The combination of antioxidant chemicals with antibacterial benefits makes basil excellent for skin health. It aids in preventing acne and it also helps reduce signs of aging such as wrinkles and increase skin elasticity. (1,2,10)

7- The active ingredients, such as dietary fiber, found in basil seeds are able to control blood sugar levels. In addition, basil extracts have been found to reduce circulating blood glucose levels and inflammation, which makes basil protective against diabetes development and other forms of metabolic syndrome. (1,2,3,11)

8- Basil can protect your eyes from the damage done by free radicals, such as cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, vision defects, and ophthalmia, due to the high antioxidant content of its essential oils, vitamin A, and vitamin C. (1,2,3,5,12)

9- Vitamin C and other antioxidants in basil, they can reduce cortisol levels, which can help those people who are chronically suffering from depression or stress. (1,2,3,13)

 

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