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Scroll down to hear what these experts (among others) have to say about basil.

On blood sugar regulation:
“According to the Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, basil seeds may help control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.”

 

On 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.”

On respiratory aid:
“Traditionally, basil seeds are used to treat colds, flu, coughs and asthma.”

On 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.”

On 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.”

On lowering cholesterol levels:
“A study in Thailand described how sweet basil seeds could be used to reduce cholesterol levels in patients.”

On skin treatments:
“Basil seeds can be crushed into oil as a skin treatment for wounds, cuts or skin infections.”

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New Bay Area Products Delight at the Winter Fancy Food Show

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How Six Women Are Creating a Healthier Future of Food

 Basil Seed Works, an organic basil seed product line that features the forgotten superfood and powerful adaptogen. Launched in summer 2017, her first product, Zen Basil is now sold in 150 Bay Area stores. The drink is loaded with natural sources of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and has a similar texture to drinking water with chia seeds.

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a beverage featuring hydrated basil seeds - which absorb more water than chia and are high in soluble fiber

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“Basil smells and tastes sweet, and it’s highly nutritious. For example, 1/4 cup of chopped basil gives you 31% of your daily vitamin K needs.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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East Bayites Are Making Banana Chips, Fake Bacon,
and Basil-Seed Drinks

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Basil seeds are sometimes confused with chia seeds as they are popularly used in the same way that chia seeds are used - added to drinks. And the basil seed also absorbs water, similar to the chia seed. However, these are two different seeds so to answer a question I’ve heard many times – No, chia seeds and ‘selasih’/basil seeds are not the same thing.

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10 Unknown Health Benefits of Basil Seeds

1. Nutritionally Packed     2. Detoxifier     3. DiuretiC      
4. Weight loss Friendly     5. Diabetic Friendly     6. Reduce Cholesterol      
7. Fights constipation     8. Anti-inflammatory    
9. Coolant   10. Dental Health

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The next kale? The hydrated basil seeds add a “pleasantly chewy texture.”

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“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 ”

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Everyone loves a fresh glass of juice, don’t they? Well, they may enjoy it but those who suffer from any form for ailment where sugar is an issue – not so much. However, what if you could simulate that fresh glass of juice with something that was actually good for you. 

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“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.” 

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There has been some dabble into the up and coming popular basil seeds (that resemble chia seeds), in that they may help control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes (according to the Sutter Gould Medical Foundation).  
Why is this so? 

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"the humble basil seed is a tremendous superfood that has been overlooked, so it makes a range of flavorful beverages powered by this natural ingredient."

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"Basil seeds are reported to have antioxidant, anticancer, antiviral, antibacterial, antispasmodic and antifungal properties."

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“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.”

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