“This member of the mint family has been used as a medicinal plant, and its oils and extracts are said to have antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Fragrant fresh basil, for instance, offers a healthy dose of blood-clotting vitamin K -- 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh basil provide 27% of the RDA -- as well as vitamin A, manganese, and magnesium.”
“Basil seeds are reported to have antioxidant, anticancer, antiviral, antibacterial, antispasmodic and antifungal properties.”
Blood Sugar Regulation – “According to the Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, basil seeds may help control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.”
Digestion Help – “When soaked, the fiber in the outer coat of basil seeds becomes mucus-like A few studies suggest that this fiber has a laxative effect. Basil seeds are also used to relieve stomach cramps, flatulence, constipation and indigestion.”
Appetite Control – “It’s suggested that the fiber in the soaked seeds has the effect of making you feel more full. This could help reduce your appetite and assist with weight loss.”
Respiratory Aid – “Traditionally, basil seeds are used to treat colds, flu, coughs and asthma.”
Stress Relief –”Consumption of basil seeds is said to have an uplifting effect on your mood and can help with mental fatigue, depression and migraine headaches.”
Skin Treatments –”Basil seeds can be crushed into oil as a skin treatment for wounds, cuts or skin infections.”
Lowering Cholesterol Levels –”A study in Thailand described how sweet basil seeds could be used to reduce cholesterol levels in patients.”
“Basil smells and tastes sweet, and it’s also highly nutritious. For example, 1/4 cup of chopped basil gives you 31% of your daily vitamin K needs – so it’s a great addition if you’re lacking in that vitamin. (Check out these vitamin K deficiency symptoms if you aren’t sure.) Now, basil seeds are emerging as one of the newest superfoods, and if you’re not into the taste of chia seeds, basil seeds can easily replace them or be used alongside them. Want to know some of the reported health benefits of basil seeds?”
“Basically, basil clears obstacles and gets things moving again. Any internal organ experiencing congestion and stagnation seems to benefit from it. One of the most common applications for basil is to treat lung problems such as asthma, cough, and chronic bronchitis. It also promotes menstruation and helps with the birthing process, relieves gas, and improves circulation.”
“Like most seeds, they’re chock full of nutrients and are considered by some to be a super-food. One difference (that I liked) is that the basil seeds plump up in minutes, whereas the chia seeds may take hours.”
"Vitamin K is also important for bone health. Osteocalcin is a protein involved in bone mineralization that requires vitamin K for biological action. Adequate vitamin K may help prevent bone loss in this role."
“Preliminary studies on holy basil and hairy basil have shown that the leaf and seed may help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar levels. While the action-mechanism of the leaf is not understood, the seed may work by providing dietary fiber, which helps prevent rapid blood sugar elevations after meals. In addition, the seed has been found to relieve constipation by acting as a bulk-forming laxative in one uncontrolled human study. A similar study showed the seeds useful in elderly people who experienced constipation after undergoing major surgery.
The volatile oil of basil has shown antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral activity in test tube studies. It is also believed to act as a carminative, relieving intestinal gas, and as a mild diuretic, though these actions have yet to be definitively proven.”
“If the only thing you ate today were basil (dried, spices). You would have to eat 2.5 tbsp, leaves in order to get your 100% recommended daily value of 90mcg of Vitamin K.”