Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Basil Leaves Secret

Given that this leaf has a variety of substances that are needed by the human body in metabolism.

Basil herb or herb known as the king of herbs is one of the oldest and popular and rich in phyto-nutrients that are essential for health. So many factories appreciate health as a "holy herb" in many traditions around the world.

Basil in the family Lamiaceae, of the genus: Ocimum. He has a scientific name "Ocimum basilicum."

Basil grow in Iran, India and other tropical regions of Asia. This herb dense and planted to annual leaves and seeds taken benefits. Basil grows well in the tropical climate. This plant when grown can reach on average of about 100 cm. Finely textured light green leaves with a length of about 2.5 inches and 1 inch wide.

Benefit / Efficacy basil leaves in general are:
Basil leaves contain many polyphenolic flavonoids like orientin and vicenin. These compounds have been tested in-vitro laboratory for possible anti-oxidant protection against radiation lipid per-oxidation in rat liver.

Basil leaves contain many essential oils that are beneficial such as eugenol, citronellol, linalool, citral, limonene and terpineol. These compounds are known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.

Basil leaf contains very high levels of beta-carotene to vitamin A, cryptoxanthin, lutein and zea-xanthin. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.

Zea-xanthin, a flavonoid compound yellow carotenoid, selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea where it is found to filter out harmful UV rays from reaching the retina. Studies show that common herbs, fruits, and vegetables are rich in zea-xanthin anti-oxidants help protect disease age-related macular from (AMRD), especially in the elderly.

100 g of fresh herb leaves containing 5275 mg or 175% of the daily dose of vitamin A as needed. Vitamin A is known to have antioxidant properties and are essential for vision. It is also necessary to keep the mucous membranes healthy. Consumption of natural foods rich in vitamin-A has been found to help the body protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

Vitamin K in basil is essential for many coagulant factors in the blood and plays an important role in the function of bone strengthening by helping the bone mineralization process.

Basil leaves contain minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.

Basil is a good source of iron, containing 3.17 mg / 100 g of fresh leaves (about 26% of the RDA). Iron, being a component of hemoglobin in red blood cells, determines the oxygen carrying capacity of blood.

In general, the content of basil leaves per 100 mg is as follows.
Herb basil (Ocimum basilicum), Fresh leaves,
Nutritive value per 100 g.
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)

Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA 
Energy 23 Kcal 1% 
Carbohydrates 2.65 g 2% 
3:15 g Protein 6% 
Total Fat 0.64 g 2% 
Cholesterol 0 mg 0% 
Dietary Fiber 1.60 g 4% 
Folates 68 mcg 17% 
Niacin 0902 mg 6% 
Pantothenic acid 0209 mg 4% 
0.155 mg pyridoxine 12% 
0.076 mg Riboflavin 6% 
Thiamin 0.034 mg 2.5% 
Vitamin A 5275 IU 175% 
Vitamin C 18 mg 30% 
Vitamin E 0.80 mg 5% 
Vitamin K 345 mcg 414.8% 
Sodium 4 mg 0% 
Potassium 295 mg 6% 
Calcium 177 mg 18% 
385 mg 43% Copper 
3:17 mg 40% Iron 
Magnesium 64 mg 16% 
1:15 mg Manganese 57% 
Zinc 0.81 mg 7% 
ß-Carotene 3142 mcg - 
Crypto-xanthin-ß 46 mg - 
5650 mg of lutein-zeaxanthin - 

Basil leaves

Benefits of Basil Leaves was indeed not small. No loss for us who would like this leaf vegetables. Basil may be seen in food stalls with fried or grilled chicken menu, because as a supplement when fresh vegetables.

Benefits of Basil Leaves
Benefits of Basil leaves can be felt well if we consume them regularly Moreover, fragrant basil also gives effect in our mouth, so that helps get rid of bad breath is quite annoying

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