Basil is used worldwide, especially in Italian cuisine. From pizza, to pasta, to eggplant, basil is delicious in so many meals. Not only is it delicious, but it is also virtually overflowing with health benefits. Here are 10 extraordinary benefits of this little herb.
According to the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, holy basil has antidepressant and anti-anxiety properties comparable to antidepressant drugs.
2. Promotes cardiovascular heath
A 2011 review reported on findings that sweet basil reduces high blood pressure. This is because basil contains eugenol, a chemical compound that can block calcium channels in the body, and lower high blood pressure.
3. Protects against Diabetes
Based on animal and human trials, basil can help with symptoms of diabetes including high cholesterol, insulin resistance, hyperinsulinemia, and weight gain.
4. Detoxes the body
Basil helps prevent fat build up in the liver. Basil is high in antioxidants that help detox the body.
5. Improves digestion
The book ‘Healing Foods’ by DK Publishing states that, “Basil fortifies the digestive and nervous system and can be a good remedy for headaches and insomnia.”
6. Has antibacterial properties
Basil contains antibacterial properties and can help heal infections and wounds.
7. Fights cancer
Studies show that holy basil can protect your body against toxic chemicals and prevent the growth of cancerous cells.
8. Acts as an anti-inflammatory
Basil includes eugenol, citronellol and linalool which are three essential oils that help to reduce inflammation.
9. Has antimicrobial properties
A study indicates that basil also has antimicrobial properties against bacteria, yeast, and mold.
10. Helps fight stress
A study found that people who took 500 milligrams (mg) of holy basil extract each day felt less stressed.