Native to regions in Africa and Asia, basil is an herb and belongs to the Lamiaceae family also known as the Mint family.

 

Sixty varieties of basil have been identified which all fall into three main categories: sweet, purple, and bush. Each offers a subtle difference in taste such as varieties ranging from lemon, anise, and cinnamon basil.

 

Basil can be consumed dried or fresh and has a pleasant pungent flavour.

 

Health Benefits

 

  • Just two tablespoons of basil provides 27 percent of the daily recommended value of vitamin K which is essential for blood clotting. (1)

 

  • Basil contains high levels of vitamin A, which contains beta-carotenes, powerful antioxidants that protect the cells lining of your body. Antioxidants help prevent cholesterol in blood from oxidizing, which supports the prevention atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and stroke. (2)

 

  • Basil has good levels of vitamin C which is hugely beneficial for your body to fight off infections and prevents the formation of harmful free radicals. (3)

 

  • Basil also contains iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium and potassium which combine to help regulate blood flow and provide fluidity between cells. (4)

 

  • Basil has antibacterial and antibacterial properties as well as containing DNA-protecting flavonoids which protect the body’s cellular structure. (5)

 

Basil Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams, fresh

  Amt. Per
Serving
% Daily
Value*
Calories 23
Calories from Fat 5
Total Fat 1 g 1%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 4 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 3 g 1%
Dietary Fibre 2 g 1%
Sugar 0 g
Protein 3 g
Vitamin A 106% Vitamin C 30%
Calcium 18% Iron 18%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.

 

 

 

 

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