Ever wondered just how good Italian basil is for your body? Read on to find out just how revitalizing basil really is!

Basil is a commonly used cooking herb. Italian basil is one of the many types of basil that is available in the USA. Sweet basil. as it is otherwise known, one of the most prevalent herbs used in Italian cuisine.

Basil has been farmed and cultivated for 5,000 years and was originally used for medicinal purposes. It is therefore packed full of essential nutrients that are guaranteed to make you feel good!

Basil is a naturally powerful form of antioxidant. It contains plentiful supplies of polyphenolic flavonoids which help the body to repair and prevent any cell-damage.

It also helps to reduce cholesterol levels in your blood by oxidizing the cholesterol and transforming it where it would otherwise clog your arteries and raise your risk of heart attacks and/or a stroke. Antioxidants are also useful in preventing asthma and other lung related conditions.

Basil is also a great source of magnesium and promotes a healthy blood flow throughout the body.

The copious amounts of Vitamin A that are contained promote healthier eyesight and the eugenol that it contains has been proven to be an incredibly effective anti-inflammatory compound, similarly to ibuprofen and aspirin with its fast effectiveness

This herb is also a brilliant source of Vitamin K, A, C, manganese and iron. It also contains omega-3 fatty acid, magnesium and calcium, ensuring that you receive every bit of nutrition that you could possibly need.

It’s oil can also be extracted to make an essential oil which is highly useful when treating wounds and skin infections. It is also proven to be beneficial in the fight against acne.

Basil essential oil is frequently used in aromatherapy in order to relieve symptoms of anxiety and mental fatigue. It works by releasing any nervous tension or tension-induced migraines and has also been proven to alleviate symptoms of depression.

It can also be used to relieve unpleasant sensations in the stomach including vomiting and nausea.

Therefore, next time you venture to your local pizza restaurants and feel bad about indulging in the glory of a meat-laden pizza, you should remind yourself that there are notable benefits to the Italian basil that is placed on top of your dish.

You will reap the benefit in every single way possible and all of that nutrition can alleviate any feelings of guilt that you may have with regards to what you are consuming.

5 Great Italian Dishes That Contain Basil

Caprese Bruschetta With Crispy Eggplant

This dish is beyond phenomenal and you can reap the nutritious benefits of both basil and eggplant without devouring crumbly bruschetta. What more could you possibly ask for?

Roasted Eggplant, Tomato & Basil Pizza

Alternatively, chow down on this fine eggplant, tomato and basil pizza. Roast your eggplant to perfection and spice up your pizza with some perfectly sweet Italian basil. You’ll soon see why this is an expert amalgamation of healthy and nutritious flavors.

Italian Chicken With Basil Pesto Grape Tomatoes

This dish is guaranteed to have yourself and your dinner guest salivating and desiring more. Roast your chicken to perfection and be sure to use a copious amount of freshly made basil pesto infused with grape tomatoes to add a sauce like no other!

Rigatoni With Basil Walnut Pesto & Crispy Onions

On the subject of basil pesto, why not throw in some walnuts to add some additional nutrition to your diet and infuse your pasta dish with some gorgeously crispy onions.

The addition of the walnuts in this dish perfectly complements the added crisp of the onions and this is a dish that is perfect for summer barbecues and winter gatherings alike. Bon appetit!

Prime Rib Panini With Pesto & Mozzarella

If you are seeking a meatier option, then this is a dish for you. Layer your prime boneless ribs with copious amounts of oozing mozzarella and basil pesto to ensure that you are combining all of that wonderful meaty flavour with the nutritious benefits of sweet basil.

So is Italian Basil Good for You? – Conclusion

You do not need to feel guilty about indulging in your favorite Italian foods so long as you are also including plentiful supplies of basil in your recipes. The benefits of this glorious Italian herb far outweighs any risks associated with hearty Italian meals.

You are guaranteed to be receiving plentiful supplies of Vitamin A, C and K as well as a ton of iron, magnesium and calcium rendering this one of the healthiest herbs that you could possibly include in any recipe.

The medicinal benefits of basil are not just confined to it’s delicious flavor and this herb has been used as an essential oil to prevent skin inflammation and irritations for centuries.

Once you have mastered the art of Italian cooking, you will understand why basil is such a staple ingredient in nearly all Italian dishes. There’s nothing fresher than sweet basil leaves sprinkled over your favourite dish and once you truly understand the health benefits of this herb.

Rick Zullo

Former doctor, current science teacher, and life-long food lover, Rick's passion for Mediterranean cuisine was ignited while living as an expat in Rome, Italy. 


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