Holy Basil (Ocimum Sanctum) Reduces Stress

A sacred herb from India with anti-inflammatory, anti-stress, adaptogenic properties helpful for non-insulin dependent diabetes.

This herb, known as Tulsi in India and Bai gkaprow in Thailand, has been cultivated for over 3000 years. It is said to nourish a person's growth to perfect health and enlightenment - to open the heart and enhance mental clarity and awareness.

Holy Basil has many medicinal uses, including antibacterial and antiviral properties. It is helpful for coughs, upper respiratory infections, bronchitis, stress-related skin disorders and indigestion.

Holy Basil inhibits inflammatory causing enzymes in our bodies which contribute to arthritis pain and other kinds of inflammation.

Holy Basil Helps Reduce Stress

Holy Basil enhances adrenal function by lowering cortisol levels. This results in reducing the negative effects of stress.

Holy Basil Helps Combat Diabetes

Experimental studies on albino rats reported that leaf extract of Holy Basil had hypoglycemic effect. To explore further evidence we studied the effects of treatment with holy basil leaves on fasting and postprandial blood glucose and serum cholesterol levels in humans through randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover single blind trial. Results indicated a significant decrease in fasting and postprandial blood glucose levels during treatment with holy basil leaves compared to during treatment with placebo leaves.

Fasting blood glucose fell by 21.0 mg/dl, confidence interval of difference -31.4 - (-)11.2 (p < 0.001), and postprandial blood glucose fell by 15.8 mg/dl, confidence interval -27.0 - (-)5.6 (p < 0.02). The lower values of glucose represented reductions of 17.6% and 7.3% in the levels of fasting and postprandial blood glucose, respectively. Urine glucose levels showed similar trend. Mean total cholesterol levels showed mild reduction during basil treatment period. The findings from this study suggest that basil leaves may be prescribed as adjunct to dietary therapy and drug treatment in mild to moderate NIDDM (Non Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus.)Agrawal P, Rai V, Singh RB. Department of Home Science, Azad University of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur, India.
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