A good deal of research has been done on this remarkable little spice with several interesting findings coming forth as a result. Basil appears to be a very effective anti-inflammatory. Many products are currently on the market, which take advantage of this fact. Other studies have shown that basil has cancer-fighting properties and can even work as an anti-viral. Tests have clearly shown that basil is also high in antioxidants.
Like many spices, basil can be enjoyed both in its dried form and in its fresh herb form. Both forms of basil have their advantages. Dried spices, however, have the advantage of being available year round and are easily stored right alongside one's pepper grinder and other spices.
Few spices can lists as many benefits as basil. In fact, it is safe to state that basil deserves to be mentioned alongside garlic and oregano when discussing spices that can fight disease and prevent disease. Around the world, basil has been used as medicine for generations. When one considers that basil also tastes great, it is easy to see why mankind has been cultivating.
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