Serving Size: 2 Capsules... %DV
Holy Basil leaf extract (10:1, 2% ursolic acid)... 1000 mg... †
† Daily Value not established
What Is It?
Though related to the basil we use in cooking, Holy Basil has different medicinal properties. Ocimum tenuiflorum (also known as Ocimum sanctum, Tulsi or Holy Basil) is a medicinal plant with a long history of traditional use in India and in Ayurvedic medicine. Various parts of the Holy Basil plant (leaves, stems, flowers and roots) have been used for the treatment of a large number of conditions. Holy basil contains a number of active constituents including tannins, phenolic compounds and flavonoids.
What Does It Do?
Primary Uses: Holy Basil is considered an adaptogen as it has been reported to induce relaxation, promote a feeling of calm and reduce stress and moodiness. It has also been shown to reduce blood sugar and cholesterol in diabetic subjects, and animal studies have shown reductions in cortisol, the stress hormone.
Secondary Uses: Traditionally, Holy Basil has been used to treat malaria, diarrhea, dysentery, skin diseases, joint inflammation, painful eye diseases, chronic fever and insect bites. Holy basil has been suggested to possess antifungal, antibacterial, anti-parasitic, antispasmodic, analgesic, hepatoprotective, cardioprotective, and cellular protective activities.
Who Should Take It?
Holy Basil is an excellent option for those looking for an herbal anti-stress supplement with glycemic balancing and cardiovascular benefits.
Take 2 capsules daily with/without food, or as directed by a qualified health care practitioner. Do not take immediately before bed.
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