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Health Benefits of Basil

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Basil is a herb used in cooking and it is easily available in supermarkets and grown in gardens worldwide. Basil is also known as Saint Joseph’s Wart. It is a herb belonging to the mint family of plants and is considered to be one of the healthiest. It is used fresh or dried and has a good flavor.

The nutrients in basil are many and they include Vitamin K, manganese, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, iron, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, and potassium. Surprisingly, basil has antibacterial properties and DNA-protecting flavinoids thus, also containing many disease-fighting antioxidants. So, you can see it is very healthy and can be used in a variety of dishes such as salads, tea, sauces, dressings, meat, fish, soups, and even pasta, and sandwiches.

Furthermore, basil with its magical essential oils can impact and improve your health and well being by acting as an anti-inflammatory. Basil is also known to fight cancer and depression. It helps to detoxify the body and supports liver function while promoting heart health. Basil will also improve digestion, and protect against diabetes. With its anti-aging properties and sweet earthy smell, basil is sure to delight even the pickiest of eaters.

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