Basil: Nutrition advice from experts

Basil: Nutrition advice from experts

Health tips from the experts

“Add basil to dishes for a flavorsome alternative to salt” – Hannah Purtle, Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics

“Fight stress and reduce chronic inflammation with holy basil tea” – Michael Colangelo, Master of Science (M.S.) in Nutrition

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Benefits by Leticia Soares

Postgraduate Degree in Public and Family Health/Bachelor Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics · 5 years of experience · Brazil
  • Basil has a strong antimicrobial activity. In a recent study Basil showed to have antimicrobial activity against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. The antimicrobial activity of basil might be attributed to the high contents of linalool, a substance with potent antimicrobial activity, that is found in the basil essential oil.
  • Basil is a potent antioxidant. Basil contains a wide range of essential oils rich in phenolic compounds and other substances including polyphenols such as flavonoids and anthocyanins, which are known by their antioxidant properties.
  • Basil has anti-inflammatory activity. Basil essential oils, including eugenol, citronellol and linalool are enzymes that may help to improve symptoms related to inflammation and inflammatory diseases, including respiratory illnesses.

Quantity recommendation by Iyanuoluwa Oyetunji

Master of Science in Medicine, specialization in Human Nutrition · 2 years of experience · South Africa
  • Basil is a leafy green vegetable with about one cup as a standard serving size. About three to five servings of vegetables may be consumed daily. Consumed a diverse range of vegetables is highly recommended.

Side effects by Vilte Puisyte

BSc (Hons) Food Science & Nutrition, MSc in Business with Entrepreneurship · 2 years of experience · UK
  • Some people have allergic reactions if they consume or otherwise come into contact with herbs in the mint family. Anyone with this type of allergy should avoid basil and check with a pharmacist or doctor before consuming it.
  • Just 1 tablespoon of basil provides 10.8 mcg of vitamin K, which plays a role in blood clotting. Anyone who uses blood thinners should speak to a doctor before increasing their intake of basil.

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This is for information purpose only, and should not be considered as a substitute for medical expertise. These are opinions from an external panel of individual nutritionists, and not to be considered as opinion of Microsoft. Please seek professional help regarding any health conditions or concerns.

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