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Health Benefits Of Basil

Thursday, 22 November 2012 00:00

460-basil 802346cBy Justin Penoyer

The highly fragrant leaves of the basil plant owe its aroma to the unique health-protecting effects of basil's family of flavonoids and volatile oils. These oils are strongly antiseptic, and have shown the ability to induce antibiotic actions against pathogenic drug-resistant bacteria.

Basil's flavonoids protect cellular DNA from damage resulting from radiation, oxidation, and the effects of GMO ingredients found in today's food supply. It's volatile oils are able to inhibit an enzyme in the body called cyclooxygenase (COX), the same enzyme which is the target of anti-inflammatory medications including aspirin and ibuprofen.

Basil is rich in beta-carotene, magnesium, and potassium; further, basil promotes cardiovascular health by:

  • prompting muscles and blood vessels to relax
  • improving blood flow
  • lessening the risk of irregular heart rhythms
  • helping to prevent free radicals from oxidizing cholesterol in the blood stream--a primary component of arteriosclerosis

I regularly advise my patients to make basil a staple spice as part of a healthy diet. Each of AcroAma Blends' spice blends contain high quality organic basil, which makes getting your daily dose of basil simple and enjoyable.

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