BASIL is packed with health benefits such as the effect of flavonoids and volatile oils, which provide DNA protection + anti-bacterial properties. Basil is also an anti-inflammatory due to its Eugenol content, which blocks the activity of an enzyme in the body called COX (over-the-counter meds such as NSAIDs also work to block this enzyme) which makes basil a great alternative for conditions such as arthritis, inflammation or aches. Additionally, basil is loaded with Vitamin A & beta-carotene, which are important for blocking free radical damage to cells & keeps free radicals from oxidizing cholesterol - it is when cholesterol becomes oxidized that there is risk of plaque build up on vessel walls - so, basil can be really helpful in keeping a healthy heart and vascular system and preventing such health conditions as heart attack and stroke. Magnesium, Vitamin K, manganese, copper, Vitamin C, calcium, iron, folate and omega-3 fatty acids also contribute to the health benefits of this yummy plant! Enjoy & be well.