Written By Healthy Hot Bod
Basil, or Ocimum Basilicum, is an aromatic herb with oval, green leaves. There are about 60 different species, and each of them has a slightly different taste and features.
It is largely known for its antioxidant power. The various antioxidants have numerous benefits including; protection against damages induced by free radicals, prevent cell aging, and the prevention of development of some cancers.
Beta-carotene in basil turns into vitamin A in our bodies. It prevents the oxidation of cholesterol, and thus protects the cardiovascular system. Beta-carotene also works great in the treatment of many diseases, including osteoarthritis, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis. Free radicals are generally understood to be responsible for the development of these conditions.
Healthy heart and blood vessels
Basil is abundant in magnesium and vitamin B6. This vitamin prevents homocysteine buildups, and magnesium promotes a healthier cardiovascular system. This is important when it comes to preventing heart attacks. Magnesium also relaxes blood vessel muscles, which stimulates blood flow and lowers the risk of arrhythmia.
Basil is one of the greatest natural antibiotics. Natural oils in basil have an effect on the immune system, as shown in the latest research. Its antiseptic and antibacterial properties aid in the treatment of bacterial infections.
Add basil to your favorite dishes
Basil is the pillar of many cuisines, and it is the main ingredient in many dishes. Remember to add it after you finish cooking your food to better preserve its flavor. That’s why I suggest using fresh basil. Pesto Genovese is a popular dish made with basil. It contains pine nuts, Parmesan cheese and green basil sauce. Combine freshly chopped basil, extra virgin olive oil and garlic to make your basil sauce. You can use it to spice up your pasta delicacies, bruschetta and rice.
Here is a nice ice dessert recipe that uses basil;
- Chop some fresh basil
- Stir in some fresh lemon juice, water and sugar cane juice
- Transfer the mixture into ice cube trays, and put it in the freezer
- Once it freezes well, dump the cubes in your blender and blitz.
- Serve your ice dessert in Mediterranean style.
Use basil to make some nice salad with tomatoes and mozzarella, or enjoy a cup of refreshing basil tea by chopping up a few basil leaves in a cup of hot water (steep for 8 minutes and strain).
Stay Healthy 🙂