According to a recent study conducted by the British Pharmaceutical Conference in Manchester, concentrated extracts from two types of basil, Ocimum americanum and Ocimum tenuiflorum, reduced joint swelling by up to 73 percent within just 24 hours.
So far basil has not been found to cause side effects like diclofenac has. Diclofenac, an existing joint-relieving drug, has been known to cause gastro-intestinal irritation and abdominal burning and pain.
Although basil-extract pills are not yet available, you can still take advantage of its newly discovered health properties by incorporating the basil grown from your garden into your meals. Try recipes from our article A Basil Harvest.
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