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Basil may be your best friend as you age and your joints succumb to arthritis and inflammation.

Basil contains an essential oil, eugenol, that blocks the enzymes that cause swelling. Basil also contains powerful flavonoids such as zeaxanthin, which protects your eyes from UV rays and can help slow age-related macular disease.

Basil is best (and most commonly) used fresh for the fullest flavor and clove scent. Also, cooking and drying destroy basil’s flavor.

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