Are you adding enough of basil to your diet? We cannot emphasize enough that you should add it more often to your dishes. Also known as (lat. Ocimum basilicum), basil is an extremely aromatic plant having oval leaves which are typically green. You would be stunned to know that basil has around 60 species. All of them are varied in terms of taste and looks.
Basil is known for its powerful antioxidant properties. The antioxidants found in it are crucial for your healthy lifestyle and diet. They help in protecting your body against free radicals. They also help in the prevention of cell aging. Another benefit is that these antioxidants help in the prevention of some types of cancers too.
They also contain beta-carotene. Our body converts it into vitamin A. By preventing oxidation of cholesterol, it further helps in keeping your blood vessel and heart protected.
There are other preventative benefits of beta-carotene against a number of diseases. Osteoarthritis, asthma and rheumatoid arthritis are just a few to name, as they are caused because of free radicals.
Healthier Blood Vessels & Heart
Basil is rich in magnesium and vitamin B6.
Vitamin B6 helps in preventing buildup of homocysteine, which are harmful substances. Magnesium helps in promoting and making your cardiovascular system stronger. This further helps in preventing heart attacks. Magnesium also helps in relaxing your blood vessel muscles. This improves blood flow and minimizes your risk of developing arrhythmia.
Nature’s Antibiotic Gift
Its oil has been found in the latest research to have positive effects on our immune system. The antiseptic and antibacterial properties of its leaves help in the treatment of bacterial infections.
Use Basil for Cooking
Basil is also an important condiment in so many cuisines. It can be used for making so many dishes. Keep in mind that basil must be added once you have prepared the dish. This will help in preserving its taste.
It is recommended to use fresh basil, as its taste will be stronger.
Pesto Genovese is the most popular dish having basil. It has pine nuts, Parmesan cheese and the green sauce of basil.
Use freshly chopped basil, olive oil and garlic to prepare great sauce. You can even use this sauce as a side dish along with many dishes like pasta, bruschetta and rice.
You can also use basil for making a simple ice dessert:
- Take basil and chop it
- Mix-in lemon juice, water and sugar cane juice
- Freeze this mixture into the shape of ice cubes
- Once it is frozen, chop them finely in the blender
Your ice dessert will be ready to be served in the Mediterranean style.
It can also be used for making fresh, polychrome, and delicious Italian salad having fresh basil, tomato, and mozzarella.
Then you can enjoy a refreshing tea of basil. Chop the basil leaves and pour hot water on them. Allow it to sit for 8 minutes before straining.
Source: Natural Medicine Box