Monday, November 2, 2015

Benefits of Basil as Herbal Medicine

Benefits of Basil as Herbal Medicine - Basil is a kind of small shrub that is often used by the public as part of the leafy vegetables or ingredients and spices. Typical aroma of basil is widely used to enhance the flavour and aroma of refined dishes such as sautéed and spiced.

Besides useful as herbs, basil leaves other benefits that can be maximized as a drug. Nutrient content in it is very beneficial for the body such as vitamins (A, beta-carotene, C, and K), minerals (potassium, calcium, iron, sineol, magnesium, etc.), substances and important compounds such as lutein, zeaxanthin, arginine, there are also oil essential as estragole, linalool, cineole, eugenol, sabinene, myrcene and limonene.

With its content of it, basil can provide benefits to the body when consumed routinely and regularly, here are the benefits of the various elements contained in the leaves of basil for your good health, to prevent or treat disease.

1. Vitamins

  • Vitamin A - This vitamin plays a role in maintaining eye health and protect it from various disorders that often occur in the eye.
  • Vitamin C and beta-carotene - the content of both can stimulate antibodies that can increase endurance, anti-oxidants and vitamin C in leaves of basil role in lowering fever.
  • Vitamin K - role in activating protein that plays an important role in the growth of cartilage tissue. Vitamin K also provide a very important role in the blood clotting process, so as to prevent bleeding.

2. Mineral

  • Sineol and magnesium - to help stabilize the heart rate and widen the arteries so that blood circulation becomes smooth. Magnesium and beta-carotene can protect the cell walls from free radical damage.
  • Calcium - helps strengthen bones and teeth

3. Substances and Other Compounds

  • Substance arginine - play a role in increasing fertility in men and prevent infertility
  • Lutein and Zeaxanthin - protect the eyes from damage as a result of radiation harmful rays.
  • Essential oils - serves to inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria resistant to antibiotic drugs.

Basil leaves are also anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, so that it can serve to eliminate the less savory aroma of the mouth and the body, and prevent inflammation in the joints.

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