Its name originates from Greek and means “royal herb”. We can't imagine Italian or Indonesian cuisine without these green leaves. The history of this miracle began in India more than 5000 years ago.
Besides having a wonderful taste, this herb has a lot of benefits and can be used in medicine. Scientists proved that there are more than 60 types of basil around the world.
This extremely useful plant grows best in tropical climates. The types of basil can be divided into sweet, purple and bush. This plant is easy to grow indoors and outdoors as well. To keep it full and make new branches appear, just remove its blossoming heads.
Basil is one of the most useful herbs for your health. Vitamin K, for example, is contained in it and can improve your blood clotting. To get more benefits from basil, only use fresh leaves which are not only tasty but also stocked with healthy nutrients.
To improve your health it is recommended you consume 6 tablespoons of basil every day. Consuming this provides nutrients such as antioxidants which prevent you from aging. Also, they prevent cholesterol in your blood from oxidizing and, as a result, the risk of atherosclerosis and stroke decreases.
Consuming basil regularly can help your body to build up protection against carcinogens which are chemicals known for their ability to cause cancer.
Due to its antiseptic nature, fresh basil can fight bacteria successfully. Mixing it with some garlic can create the most effective antibiotic ever to protect your body daily.
Another health benefit provided by basil is that it reduces the risk of atherosclerosis as it flushes away the LDL cholesterol from your blood vessels.
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