Basil is more than just a delicious spice: it has a number of beneficial properties that have been known throughout history. It has therapeutic qualities both for the body and for the mind, so it is not surprising that some traditions consider it a holy plant.

It is rich in iron

Maybe you didn’t know, but basil contains iron as much as spinach. Tablespoon of dried basil or 2 cups of chopped fresh basil contain about 10% of the recommended daily intake of iron.

Detoxifies the liver

Basil helps to relieve the liver from toxic substances, especially after excessive eating and drinking.

While you may think of basil as a spice, you should know that basil can provide you with many health benefits.

Reduces inflammation

It is interesting that basil contains very similar compounds as hemp oil (Medical marijuana), so it helps to reduce pain and inflammation caused by arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.

Facilitates breathing

Basil contains cinnamic acid, which improves circulation and facilitates breathing in cases of respiratory diseases. And not only that: this compound helps to regulate blood sugar levels.

Maintain heart health

Basil contains magnesium, which combined with its other ingredients helps to relax muscles, facilitating the blood flow. Basil helps restore normal heart rhythm. Apart from this, it also helps to prevent the buildup of cholesterol.

Reduces stress

One research suggests that phytochemicals that basil contains lower levels of cortisol, the so-called “Stress hormone”, helping you to relax.

The anticancer properties

Basil is extremely rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals, so that the use of basil in the diet helps in cancer prevention.

So if you’ve never used basil, this is a good reason to start. It is also available dried and, if you have the opportunity to obtain fresh basil, you should use it to make a tasty pesto sauce for pasta (how to prepare the pesto with basil recipe can be found in many Mediterranean cuisine cookbooks).

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