Basil (Ocimum basilicum), also known as Saint Joseph's Wort, is an herb belonging to the mint family Lamiaceae often used as a seasoning in cooking.  According to research presented at the British Pharmaceutical Conference (BPC) in Manchester, basil has properties that can help prevent the harmful effects of aging. Holy basil extract was effective at killing off harmful molecules and preventing damage caused by some free radicals in the liver, brain and heart.

Basil (Ocimum basilicum), also known as Saint Joseph's Wort, is an herb belonging to the mint family Lamiaceae often used as a seasoning in cooking. According to research presented at the British Pharmaceutical Conference (BPC) in Manchester, basil has properties that can help prevent the harmful effects of aging. Holy basil extract was effective at killing off harmful molecules and preventing damage caused by some free radicals in the liver, brain and heart.

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