How can a mere herb help us defend against disease? Basil has disease-fighting antioxidants. Scientists now believe that antioxidants can fight heart disease. This is primarily due to the plant's phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are found in basil leaves essential oils. Antioxidants help prevent damage from free radicals. Epidemiologic studies have found much lower coronary heart disease mortality, in people who eat foods with high amounts of antioxidants. Antioxidants it is believed even help repair cell damage, such as damage to the inner layers of the arteries.
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