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Updated: Feb 14

  • There are many reasons why you should add basil to dishes more often. Basil (lat. Ocimum basilicum) is a shrubby and very aromatic plant, with oval and mostly green leaves. There are about sixty types of basil, and they are all different in appearance and taste.

A powerful antioxidant

Basil has very strong antioxidant properties.

  • Antioxidants from basil, which are an important part of a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle, protect the body from free radicals, prevent cell aging and the development of some types of cancer. One of them is beta-carotene, which is converted in the body into vitamin A. It prevents the oxidation of cholesterol by protecting the heart and blood vessels. Beta-carotene is great for preventing diseases such as asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, which are caused by free radicals.

Great for heart and blood vessels

  • Basil has a lot of vitamin B 6 and magnesium. Vitamin B 6 prevents the accumulation of the dangerous substance homocysteine, and magnesium stimulates the strengthening of the cardiovascular system, which has a preventive effect against heart attacks.

  • By relaxing muscles and blood vessels, it improves blood flow and reduces the risk of arrhythmia.

A natural antibiotic

  • According to new research, basil oil has a positive effect on immunity. Since its leaves have antibacterial and antiseptic properties, they can be used to treat bacterial infections.

Basil in cooking

  • Basil is an unavoidable spice in various cuisines, and goes well with numerous dishes. Always add basil to the dish at the end, to preserve its flavor.

  • If you can choose, always choose fresh basil because it has a stronger flavor. The most famous dish that includes basil is Pesto Genovese, which contains a green sauce of basil, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese.

  • Freshly chopped basil with garlic and olive oil can be used to make an excellent sauce, which you can serve as a side dish with various dishes such as pasta, rice, and bruschetta.

  • A simple ice cream dessert can also be made from basil. Chop the basil and mix with the lemon juice, sugar cane juice and water, then freeze the mixture like ice cubes.

  • When the mixture freezes, chop them in a blender and serve as a Mediterranean-style ice cream dessert. You can also make a fresh, tasty and colorful Italian salad from fresh basil, mozzarella, and tomato.

  • Drink the refreshing basil tea that you will prepare by pouring hot water over the chopped basil leaves, letting it stand for eight minutes, and then straining it.

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