Basil – the secret weapon in the fight with high cholesterol
“Bad” cholesterol is a fatty substance, and we know about fat that it is insoluble. Therefore, cholesterol does not dissolve in the blood, but “sticks” to certain proteins, helping to form lipoproteins. Lipoproteins are a major risk factor for coronary artery disease, but also for stroke.
Therefore, people who discover that they have high cholesterol levels should do their best to lower them, in order to prevent heart disease.
Basil is an Asian herbaceous plant that has the ability to reduce cholesterol, but also has antibiotic properties and can even prevent the appearance of cancer.
It has been used for centuries for its impressive properties.
According to studies done in recent years, basil eliminates “bad” cholesterol from the blood, lowering blood lipoprotein levels. Also, eugenol, the substance found in basil, has antioxidant properties, inhibiting oxidation of LDL (“bad” cholesterol), thus preventing heart disease as well as arteriosclerosis.
Because it is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and very useful antioxidants, basil protects the arteries from the harmful effects of free radicals in the body. The structure of DNA is also protected by basil consumption, this plant being rich in minerals such as calcium, potassium and manganese, as well as flavonoids.
Other benefits of basil consumption
It is a natural antibiotic
Its antimicrobial properties make basil an effective antibiotic. To enjoy this effect of the basil plant, consume it with a clove of garlic and the viruses will stay away.
It has a strong antioxidant effect
Basil has a rich antioxidant content, and prevents a lot of diseases including cancer.
It is an effective anti-inflammatory
Inflammation is a normal process that helps the body fight infections, but when it becomes chronic, inflammation turns into a danger, triggering other affections. Basil reduces inflammation by inhibiting the release of pro inflammatory cytokines.
It helps prevent aging
Researchers at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Maharashtra, India, have studied the effect that basil has on the aging process. Their study has proven that basil acts at the cellular level against the aging process, killing harmful molecules and fighting the effect of free radicals on the liver, brain and heart.
It helps fight stress
Studies have revealed that basil works like a natural adaptogen, that is, it helps the body adapt to stress so that it does not harm them anymore.
How to add basil to your diet
Studies have not yet determined how much basil you need to consume daily to enjoy the benefits it has, but experts say it’s about 2 tablespoons a day.
Being a low-calorie food (100 grams of basil have 22 calories), basil can be used without problems during weight loss treatments. It has plenty of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, and it is extremely nutritious for the body.
You can consume basil by adding it raw, chopped, as a spice for your dishes, but you can also consume it in the form of tea or basil oil.