This powerful natural antibiotic is basil, the King of Herbs. Unbelievable, right? Basil is one of the ancient and popular herbal plants abundant in notable health-benefiting phytonutrients. This super healthy plant is also called the “holy herb” in many cultures all around the world. It’s a bushy annual herb and people especially grow it for its medicinally useful leaves and seeds. Basil grows best under warm, tropical climates. According to experts, there are more than 60 varieties of basil and they all fall into three main types: sweet, purple, and bush.
Note: these super healthy plants are easy to maintain indoors and out. Snip off budding heads whenever they appear and underneath the base of a leaf near the bottom on spindly stems to keep your plant full, and a new branch will appear.
This plant is considered to be one of the healthiest herbs. It’s best to use when it’s fresh, and releases a sweet, earthy aroma that indicates not only the promise of pleasantly pungent flavor, but an impressive list of nutrients. Vitamin K, which is essential for blood clotting, is one of them.
Note: only 2 tablespoons of basil provide 29% of the daily recommended value. Basil also provides vitamin A, which contains beta-carotenes, powerful antioxidants that protect the cells lining a number of numerous body structures, from free radical damage including the blood vessels. This helps prevent cholesterol in blood from oxidizing, helping to prevent atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and stroke.
Other vitamins and minerals in basil are: iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, vitamin C and potassium. Basil also has antibacterial properties and contains DNA-protecting flavonoids.
Basil – Health Benefits:
A Storehouse of Antioxidants – a number of studies have confirmed that basil can effectively protect against toxic chemicals and carcinogens.
A Natural Antibiotic – new research has found that basil is a powerful natural antibiotic owing to its anti-microbial content. Combining basil with some garlic will give you the most powerful natural antibiotic you can think of.
It Cleanses the Blood Vessels – basil is extremely beneficial for arterial health as it cleanses the arteries from LDL cholesterol.
Other Health Benefits – basil is also beneficial for treating and preventing other health issues including headaches, diarrhea, constipation, cough, parasites, warts, kidneys, etc.
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