Basil contains many vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin. Many of basil’s health benefits come from these antioxidants as well as its essential oils. Dietitian Rıdvan Arslan gave information about the benefits of basil consumption.
Basil (Ocimum Basilicum L.) is popularly known as “basil”. It is an herb often used in aromatherapy. It usually grows in temperate regions. In our country, it is grown in the West and South East. It is used in the food industry in spices, confectionery, bakery products, confectionery, meat and condiment products.
What are the benefits of consuming basil?
It has an anti-inflammatory effect with its healing properties in inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
It is good for severe headaches, stress, tension and depression symptoms.
Basil is rich in vitamin A. It helps to prevent the damage of free radicals in the body. It has a protective effect against cardiovascular diseases.
Thanks to the magnesium in its content, it has a role of improving blood flow. It helps to reduce the risk of heart spasm and heart rhythm disorders.
Basil essential oil is known to balance blood sugar. People with diabetes can benefit from this feature of basil.
It treats wounds in the mouth with its anti-bacterial properties.
Iron content is high. Individuals diagnosed with anemia can add basil to their meals or salads.
Thanks to the antioxidants it contains, it is protective against cancer.
When basil is consumed as a tea, it relaxes the digestive system. It is good for problems such as stomach pain, gas, constipation and nausea.
Basil leaves can be boiled with ginger and mixed with honey to treat cough, bronchitis and cold.
It is effective in increasing breast milk. Basil leaves can be blended with buttermilk and consumed with meals.
It provides the removal of edema in the body in rheumatism and joint diseases.