- 1. They reportedly have antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, anticancer, antispasmodic, and antifungal properties.
- 2. Basil seeds may aid in regulating blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.
- 3. The fiber in the outer coat of sweet basil seeds that have been soaked has a laxative effect. The seeds can also be used to alleviate flatulence, stomach cramps, and indigestion.
- 4. The fiber in basil seeds makes you feel fuller and therefore may aid in weight loss.
- 5. Basil seeds have traditionally been used to treat coughs, colds, flu, and asthma.
- 6. Eating basil seeds seem to have mood-boosting properties that can help improve depression, stress, mental fatigue, and migraines.
- 7. When crushed into an oil, basil seeds can be used as a treatment for skin infections, cuts, and wounds.
- 8. Researchers in Thailand found that sweet basil seeds can be used to lower people’s cholesterol levels.
- 9. The antibacterial prperties of basil seeds reportedly make them useful for the treatment of bladder infections and vaginal infections.
Other health benefits of basil seeds have also been reported:
10. The vitamin K, protein, and iron in sweet basil seeds can help keep hair shiny and healthy. It has even been known to help prevent hair loss and baldness.
11. Basil seeds act as a coolant for the body, and are often used in cold drinks, such as nimbu pani, rooh afza, falooda, and sherbet, to lower body temperature.