Did you know that, for hundreds of years, basil’s anti-inflammatory properties have even been known to stop Father Time in his tracks? Learn more about the amazing anti-aging benefits of basil!
Basil is a staple ingredient in many delicious Italian dishes, but it actually originated in Southeast Asia, Africa and India. In fact, basil has been promoted as a youth-preserving herb for centuries by the Ayurveda (Indian system of natural healing). Its phytonutrients have scientifically been proven to slow down aging!
There are many varieties of the herb, but only a few are used for culinary purposes:
- Sweet basil: the most popular in the kitchen for its sweet mint-like taste.
- Holy basil or “tulsi”: grown in India, where it is more often used for religious ceremonies.
- Thai or anise basil: spicier than the sweet variety and with purplish tones.
So, how can you enrich your youthful glow with this age-defying herb?
First, get to know your health’s new BFF a bit better.
- Basil contains chemicals (phytonutrients) such as vicenin and orientin that are powerful antioxidants, which help eliminate harmful molecules known as free radicals. The damage to the cellular structure and the DNA caused by these “rogue” compounds is considered the starting point for premature aging and many chronic diseases including cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and many more.
- Many researchers state that basil contains a higher concentration of anti-aging antioxidants than dark chocolate and strawberries, making it the real herb of youth! It’s no wonder it is often referred to as the world’s healthiest herb.
Understand its benefits beyond anti-aging. Did you know that basil…
- Regulates cortisol levels? Cortisol is one of the hormones secreted by our bodies to help us cope with stress. When it is chronically produced, cortisol suppresses our immune system and affects our cardiovascular and nervous system, paving the way for life-threatening conditions.
- Reduces LDL cholesterol as well as triglycerides? Both are risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
- Aids digestion? Basil contains eugenol (also present in clove), a chemical that helps aid digestion, alleviates cramps and relieves pain in much the same way aspirin and ibuprofen do.
Incorporate it into your diet!
What are you waiting for!? Throw that apron on and add some basil to your scrambled eggs, soups, chicken, fish, bread, tomatoes, pasta, vegetable dishes, and more!
Grow it at home. Still want more Basil in your life? The herb can be easily grown at home as long as it is watered frequently, is kept warm and doesn’t flower. If you buy it fresh from the market, the stems must be firm and the leaves green without black marks for it to be successfully grown at home. However, if you are not ready to start a DIY greenhouse, keep in mind that dried basil lacks the minty aroma but has a higher concentration of youth-promoting chemicals and minerals than fresh basil.
Learn more about the amazing health benefits of herbs and spices with the book “Condimenta tu Salud”, available for kindle in Amazon in the following link, or like Dr. Jay’s Facebook page.
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