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Eat This Not That: Basil

Basil Leaves

Basil is a popular herb often found in Italian and Thai cuisines. You can use it to add a richness to spaghetti sauces, to add a light touch to a sandwich or as a topping for a slightly savory dessert. Whether you grow basil yourself, or you use basil that you find in the store, you can look forward to some of the health benefits of this herb.

Reduce Swelling

Research found that eating basil can lead to a reduction in swelling. Diabetics may find that their feet swell after spending long hours standing or walking, and other medical conditions can lead to swelling in other parts of the body. Inflammation can also occur due to an injury. A sprain ankle or a twisted wrist can lead to some minor swelling. Eating basil may help limit that inflammation.

Improve Heart Health

Heart attacks and heart disease often run in families. If you have a family history of heart attacks, you have a greater risk of having one yourself. Eating healthy is a simple way to reduce your risk. The next time that you make yourself a sandwich or a salad, try substituting a small amount of the lettuce with freshly torn basil. Not only will it taste delicious, but it may help you protect your heart too.

Fight Back Against Aging

Aging is a natural part of the life cycle. No matter how hard you try to fight it or what products you use, you might still see little lines around your lips and eyes. Some studies found a link between a reduction in the signs of aging and basil. Those who ate higher amounts of the herb and those who ate a small amount every day witnessed fewer signs of aging than others. If you want to fight back against aging, protect and improve your heart and reduce inflammation caused by injuries and medical conditions, the solution might be as simple as eating more basil.

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