The basil is a plant that has a specific aroma, taste and appearance and it has 6 different species. This plant provides protection from free radicals, cancer, as well as premature aging due to the antioxidant properties it contains. One of the antioxidants in basil is beta-carotene which turns into vitamin A when digested and prevents cholesterol oxidation while providing heart and blood vessel protection. The beta-carotene also protects the body from the damage that free radicals cause such as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and osteoarthritis.
There are also many other benefits of consuming basil including the following:
Scientists have proven the ability of basil to improve the immunity. This plant can also treat bacterial infections due to the antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
Heart and blood vessel protection
Basil is rich in vitamin B6 and magnesium which provide excellent health benefits.
The magnesium in basil makes the cardiovascular system stronger and it reduces the risk of heart attacks.
The vitamin B6 lowers arrhythmia risk and also relaxes the muscles. This vitamin also prevents the accumulation of harmful ingredients in the body such as homocysteine.
This plant is used by many cuisines all around the world because it goes well with numerous dishes.
To preserve the taste, add the basil at the end of the preparation process and always make sure you use fresh plant for a better flavor.
To prepare the tea pour hot water over chopped basil leaves. Cover the pot and leave it for about 8-10 minutes, then strain the liquid and you can drink the tea.
Basil can also be used to prepare ice desserts.
Chop the basil leaves and mix them with lemon juice, add some water and sugar cane juice and then freeze it in ice cubes. After they freeze, blend the ice cubes and serve them as an ice dessert.
Another tasty dish including basil is pesto Genovese’s. One of the ingredients of this dish is basil sauce which is made with olive oil, garlic and chopped basil leaves.