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Benefits of Basil

51. Strengthen the Hair Shaft
If you are suffering from brittle hair or hair thinning, you can consider basil leaves as they are effective in strengthening the hair shaft.
52. Rejuvenate Hair Follicles
Basil leaves help in rejuvenating and producing healthy hair by stimulating the hair follicles.
53. Prevention of Damage by Radiation
Basil leaves have antioxidant properties. They contain the flavonoids, orientin and vicenin that protect the chromosomes and cell structures from oxidation, thus preventing cell ageing and death and providing protection against radiation damage.
54. Vitamins
Basil is either an excellent or very good source of all of these nutrients and vitamins. There are many other nutrients, minerals and vitamins present in basil that are not listed here such as omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin C.
55. DNA Protection
Basil leaves come complete with an array of antioxidants and other wonderful phytonutrients. Some of these phytonutrients, orientin and vicenin, which are in the flavonoid family, have been found to protect cell structures as well as chromosomes from radiation and oxygen based damage.
56. Anti Bacterial Properties
The antibacterial nature of basil is linked to its volatile oils (essential oils) such as: estragole, linalool, cineole, eugenol, sabinene, myrcene, and limonene.
57. Anti Inflammatory Effects
Eugenol (one of basil?s volatile oils) can also help block the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX) in the body. This is important because COX is the same enzyme that anti-inflammatory medicines like aspirin and ibuprofen are formulated to help block.
58. Cardiovascular Health
Basil comes complete with vitamin A (through beta-carotene), magnesium, and many other nutrients that can help protect cell walls from free radical damage (in the blood system and other body structures), improve blood flow and help stop cholesterol from oxidizing in the blood stream.
59. Dried basil
Dried basil still has many of the health benefits listed, but your best bet is fresh! Try growing some in your garden and add fresh basil to raw dishes or at the end of the cooking process to preserve its nutrients and other beneficial properties.
60. Holy basil benefits
This plant, holy basil (tulsi), not only has medicinal benefits, but is also said to have spiritual benefits. Whats more, holy basil benefits can be experienced in an exciting way, as the herb can be grown in your home or on your patio making it a great addition to your healing herb garden.

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