BASIL

Did you know that 1/2 a cup of basil satisfies almost 100% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin K?

We know, who cares, right? Here's why you should care?

  1. It goes directly to your liver and works to prevent blood clotting
  2. It has been proven to stabilize certain types of liver cancer and help to prevent other cancers including prostate, oral and colon cancers.
  3. Unlike water-soluble vitamin C, vitamin K is fat soluble. This means you have to ingest fat with it in order for your body to absorb it. No wonder it's always perfect with a little bit of Extra Virgin Olive Oil!

Basil is also proven to function as an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. What does that mean?

Anti-bacterial: the oil obtained from basil leaves has proven to inhibit certain bacteria commonly found on vegetables including staphylococcus. Adding Basil to raw foods like salads also helps to reduce the risk of bubbly bowels as we affectionately call it.

Anti-inflammatory: the eugenol in basil essential oil exhibits similar behavior to your everyday NSAIDs like ibuprofen. This is a godsend for anyone suffering from inflammatory conditions like arthritis, post-op joint pain, and skin inflammation.

Add a little bit of spice to your life, by incorporating more basil into your diet. Check out our sister-site Culinary-gasm for simple recipes to maximize the benefits of basil.

While ingesting basil is good for promoting beauty from the inside out, did you know that there are also benefits to topically applying basil leaves, powder, and essential oil? We need only look to the beautiful women of India for great skin and hair care remedies that use basil to cure dandruff and excessive shedding or to rid yourself of blackheads and pimples.

Check out the InLife Healthcare blog or The Indian Spot for some simple home remedies that we love for skin and hair.