Benefits of Garlic & Basil
Hi Trudy I notice that you use a lot of Garlic and Basil in your recipes. What are the benefits of these spices?
Jessica (single mum of 2, Brisbane Australia)
Hey Jessica, I like this question because it’s easy for me to answer!
Garlic: Has been known for many benefits like assisting with a common cold and even helping acne! Garlic is also a natural antibiotic so before reaching for a medicine grab some cloves of garlic and add it to your nightly meal. It has been proven to help manage cholesterol and if you are one to explore nature it’s good for repelling mosquitoes!
Garlic is a potent anti oxidant and upon doing research for this article I discovered that in a study done by University of Alabama at Birmingham, researchers extracted juice from supermarket garlic and added small amounts to human red blood cells. The cells immediately began emitting hydrogen sulfide, the scientists found.The power to boost hydrogen sulfide production may help explain why a garlic-rich diet appears to protect against various cancers, including breast, prostate and colon cancer, say the study authors – hey I can’t argue against that!!
When choosing garlic buy it in it’s most natural form- still in it’s peel.
Basil: rich source of vitamin A – (good for eye sight and skin), vitamin K (needed for blood clotting), Potassium (mineral for kidney function), Beta Carotene (immune system), Copper (good for bone health), Magnesium (too many benefits to mention here but good for bones and heart).
When buying basil choose leaves that are smooth, smell like they should and do not have any dark spots on them. Be gentle when washing basil as it “bruises” easily.