Basil has been used as a culinary herb for many years in the Northeast Asian lifestyles as a flavour enhancing ingredient. It is also used medicinally to aid with the treatment of migrains and is also said to cure gout. It’s a popular ayurvedic and also known to be served in drinks in India.
Health Benefits of Basil Leaf:
Basil leaf is known to have many disease preventing and health promoting properties. The leaves are composed of essential oils such as, eugenol, citronellol, linalool, terpineol, citral and limonene, which are known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
As well as being very low in calories and no cholesterol readings, basil herb contains high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin A, cryptoxanthin, lutein and zea-xanthin, which act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.
Studies suggest that herbs, fruits and vegetables that are rich in zea-xanthin antioxidant aid in protecting against age-related macular disease (AMRD), particularly in the elderly. This yellow flavonoid carotenoid compound, is selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea in which the filtering of harmful UV rays try and reach the retina.
An essential component rich in antioxidant properties is Vitamin A which is required for maintaining healthy mucuse and skin. Natural foods high in Vitamin A aid the body in protecting from lung and oral cavity cancers. Vitamin K is essential for the production of clotting factors in the blood and plays a vital role in the strengthening bones and mineralization. Contains minerals such as, magnesium, potassium, manganese and copper.Also and excellent source of iron. Iron is a critical component of haemoglobin in red blood cells as one of the main components of oxygen-carrying capacity for the blood.