Research shows that obesity results in a state of chronic inflammation. Basil, that suppresses chronic inflammation, could help prevent associated diseases. Eugenol, a volatile compound found in basil, is responsible for the anti-inflammatory property of basil leaves. Eugenol may block the activity of cyclooxygenase (COX), an enzyme responsible for inflammation. Chew on a few fresh leaves daily. You could also add them to hot water to make raw basil tea or sprinkle in soups or salads.