At the beginning you need to know that there are numerous reasons why need to include basil to your meals more frequently. Now you need to know that basil (lat. Ocimum basilicum) is a very aromatic plant, with oval and usually green leaves. In addition you need to know that there are about sixty species of basil, and they all are different in appearance and taste.
The most important thing is that basil contains very strong antioxidant properties. Namely the antioxidants from the basil, are an important part of a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle. They protect your body from free radicals, they also prevent the aging of cells and the formation of certain types of cancer.
One of those antioxidants is the beta-carotene. Now you should know that the beta-carotene in the body is converted into vitamin A. In addition you should know that the beta-carotene protects the blood vessels and the heart, by preventing the oxidation of cholesterol.
Also you should know that beta-carotene is excellent for the prevention of diseases such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, which in most of the cases occur due to free radicals.
Great for heart and blood vessels
Basil is rich in magnesium and vitamin B6. Now it is very important for you to know that vitamin B6 prevents the accumulation of dangerous substances, such as the homocysteine. On the other hand the magnesium promotes the strengthening of the cardiovascular system and acts preventive against attacks. In addition, it also relaxes the muscles of the blood vessels on blood flow and it reduces the risk of arrhythmia.
The results of one research have shown that the basil oil has a positive effect on the immune system. The basil leaves have antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Due to these properties they are widely used in the treatment of many bacterial infections.
Basil in cooking
In many cuisines, basil is the essential condiment. This is mainly because the basil goes nicely with a variety of dishes. At this point it is very important for you to remember that basil is always added to the dish at the end. This way the basil can preserve its taste. Now you should also note that if you have a choice, always choose fresh basil, because it has a stronger taste.
You have probably heard about pesto Genovese’s. This is the most famous basil dish. It contains green basil sauce, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese. As you probably already know the best sauce is the one made from chopped basil with garlic and olive oil. You can sever this dish with a variety of dishes such as pasta, rice and bruschetta.
Basil can also be used for the preparation of ide desserts. All you have to do in order to prepare this dessert is chop some basil and mix it with lemon juice. Now add a bit of sugar cane juice and water. Finally freeze the mixture in ice cubes.
As soon as the mixture is frozen, all you have to do is use blender to chop it nicely and serve it as ice dessert in a Mediterranean style. Additionally you can also create a fresh, delicious and polychrome Italian salad of fresh basil, mozzarella and tomato.
The basil tea is also extremely beneficial for your health. All you have to do in order to prepare this tea is take some chopped basil leaves and then pour some hot water over them. Next thing you need to do is cover the pot and leave it to stay like that for about 8 minutes. Then strain the mixture and enjoy your delicious tea.
Source: Natural Medicine Box