Basil or Ocimum basilicum is one of my favourite herbs to add to juices mainly because of its detoxifying and purifying affects and as well because it brings out such a sweet fragrance when juiced. However, the benefits go beyond that. From the Hindu culture, basil is one of the healthiest herbs providing a significant amount of vitamins and minerals. It has such an high concentrated amount of vitamin K that with only 2 tablespoons you can get 29% of the daily recommended value. Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin important for blood clotting and as well building strong bones and preventing heart diseases, diabetes and more. According to Dr. Cees Vermeer who is a vitamin researcher, he believes that most of us only get the require amount of Vitamin K to prevent us blood-clots but deficient in the amount we need to shield us against other health problems. Basil has flavonoids consisting of orientin and vicenin which are two soluble flavonoids that has been found to protect white blood cells responsible for cell structure where DNA are stored.
Basil contains beta-carotene which is the pigment in plants that gives them their colour and that's because of its vitamin A component. Beta-carotene an antioxidant that converts to vitamin A when consumed in the body. Vitamin A(Retinol) is useful for mucus membrane, healthy skin, a strong immune system and a healthy eyesight. Known as Tulsi in India, this medicinal plant from Southeast Asia has been used as treatment for thousands of years which includes stress and depression, protection from diabetes, skin disorders, sore throats, urinary infections, colds and flu, reducing premature aging, intestinal colic, sharpening memory and more.
You can also get instant relief from stomach aches and cramps by consuming basil juice. It is excellent in treating problems such as indigestion, constipation and acidity in our bodies. Basil also contains urusolic acid which helps heal skin disorders and restore elasticity quickly in our skin. It aids effectively in alkalizing and detoxifying the body and as well as promoting cardiovascular health.
Next time don't be hesitant to include basil and other fresh herbs like mint, cilantro, parsley, ginger and more in your juices and smoothies.