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Mom, desperately trying to get the health thing right! I started this blog so that I can pass along all the great things that I learn everyday on damage control for our wonderful bodies. It is tough to keep up sometimes with all the things going on in our daily lives so hopefully some of the helpful hints that I provide can make your life easier and healthier. I welcome your comments and tips as well! I am a vegetarian, animal rights advocate and avid animal rescuer.
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2009-09-24

Bite Into Basil Baby!! From Sexy Legs, Pain Relief And Belly Fat Burning To Looking Younger-Basil Has It!!!


I have always been a fan of basil putting it in my salads, and using it to add flavor to many dishes (okay, I don’t cook much so yes, it can be sprinkled on tv, canned and boxed dinners). Really though, basil is very easy to chop up and throw into soups, vegetables, casseroles and just about anything- just look below at all the amazing benefits of a little basil! Mmmmmmmmm basil baby!

Sexy Legs With Basil- Just a couple tablespoons of fresh basil supplies,”60 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin K which stimulates the body’s production of thrombin, a clotting protein that obstructs circulation to damaged veins and reroutes blood to larger healthy vessels. Researchers at Maastricht University in the Netherlands discovered that this can cause spider and varicose veins to shrink and fade in as little as six weeks.”

Decreases Appearance of Wrinkles- By having basil on a regular basis you can improve the appearance of wrinkles by 66 percent in as little as 10 days. Basil has high concentrations of flavonoids, which help the body synthesize skin-plumping collagen. Basil is also pumped full of vitamin A and this speeds skin cell turnover to give you that glow we all want!

Basil Burns Fat-Bye, Bye Big Belly-For this alone I will eat basil by the handfuls! According to a study at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, basil has calcium which suppresses the body’s output of calcitriol, a hormone that gives you that increases fat storage in your stomach. The study showed that regular intake of basil melts abdominal fat 81 percent faster. Basil also is full of manganese which is a mineral that stabilizes levels of blood glucose-regulating insulin that staves off cravings and helps to downplay those sugar highs and lows.

Natural Pain Relief- According to research at Michigan State University in East Lansing, a nice big sprinkle of basil relieves muscle pain as well as a standard dose of aspirin. “Eugenol, a component of the herb’s natural oil, inhibits a key enzyme from synthesizing the inflammatory prostaglandins that over sensitize nerves”. I guess in terms I can understand that means it makes the pain go away.

Now, if you are not rushing to the store to get some basil and piling it on and in everything you eat I don’t know what to say. I just threw some in my green tea and it tastes….. interesting. Basil I love you for all you do!

17 comments:

Dori said...
Oh wow, thanks for the tip....I'll be all about that basil now ;-)
Lynne said...
Well this is all new to me! I use basil when cooking, but I'm definitely going to increase how much I use! I wonder if these studies apply to dried basil as well?
Very interesting...who would have thought it would do so much for the body???

Cheers
jacqueline said...
Hello basil!!! I'm giving it a try, Heidi. Thanks so much. I'm always looking for ways to stay away from the doctor, and stay healthy the natural way.
Pam said...
I'm also a fan of basil. I add it to my diet every chance I get. It's also an aphrodisiac. So if you want to put yourself and your partner in the mood, you know exactly what to serve for dinner. :)

It's also interesting to know that it burns unwanted fat. If you want to know more foods that will help you lose belly fat, here are flat-tummy snack ideas.
Cascia said...
I love basil. I had no idea it had that many health benefits.
betchai said...
oh wow, great information again Heidi, and i love basil.
Swubird said...
Heidi:

Great advice. Basal. I would never have guessed, but since we eat a lot of Italian food, we'll definitely up the dose of basal.

Happy trails.
VetTech said...
I love Basil! I especially like to keep a fresh plant on my windowsill.
Mike Foster said...
Who knew all this great stuff about basil? Why, you did, Heidi, that's who. I'm gonna have to add more pesto to my Italian food menu...

peace,
mike
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Chris said...
wow, let's hear it for Basil - I had no idea it was good for all that. Thanks
jacqueline said...
I've been doing the organic Basil thing...I didn't know it would taste so good...RAW. Thanks Heidi.
Nicole D. said...
Hello Heidi,

Those are all excellent excellent tips. I must try the sexy legs method right away.

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EastCoastLife said...
I don't like the taste of basil. :(
But if it has so many benefits.... I'm going to force myself to eat it more often! :D
I knew there was a good reason I LOVE basil! We grow basil in our garden and make basil balls so that we can enjoy it year around.
Anonymous said...
how much do you need to take to see results in the leg & belly area?

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