Millions of people around the world are dealing with high cholesterol levels which cause numerous cardiovascular problems. To reduce cholesterol, modern medicine relies on drugs which are not always effective and have terrible side-effects which can lead to further problems. Luckily, nature can help us in this case – the basil plant can successfully lower your cholesterol levels and prevent them from increasing again.
Basil is an ancient plant that has many medicinal uses. It is a bushy herb full of phytonutrients that is primarily grown for the health benefits it offers. Basil grown in warm and tropical climates, and according to experts, there are more than 60 varieties of the plant, which can be divided into bush, purple and sweet types.
When growing it at home, you can snip off budding heads whenever they appear, and you should cut underneath the base of a leaf to let new branches appear. In order to get the full health benefits, you should use fresh basil. It has a pungent and pleasant flavor and will get rid of the bad (LDL) cholesterol in your blood. Basil contains vitamin K which is vital for blood clotting as well as other nutrients that can improve your overall health.
Here are the most important health benefits of basil:
- Contains antioxidants
Basil is full of powerful antioxidants which can fight free radicals in the body and protect it from harm.
- A natural antibiotic
Basil possesses natural antibiotic properties that work against harmful bacteria. To get the most out of it, just combine basil and garlic and consume the mixture.
- Cleans the blood vessels
As we mentioned above, basil will eliminate the LDL cholesterol in your blood and keep your blood vessels clean.
Basil can also be used for numerous other problems such as kidney disease, constipation, cough, headaches, diarrhea, etc. Brew some fresh basil tea and drink it every day to improve your overall health.