Now Foods Holy Basil Extract - 90 Vegetarian Capsules
Now Foods Holy Basil Extract [Ocimum tenuiflorum (also known as Ocimum sanctum)] has been shown to possess powerful adpatogenic properties and has been used to enhance the body's ability to respond to stress and minimize the negative effects of stress on the body. In addition, animal studies have demonstrated that Now Foods Holy Basil Extract can support carbohydrate metabolism and, as a result, healthy blood glucose levels already within the normal range. Holy Basil is revered as a sacred plant in Ayurveda, the traditional therapeutic system of India.
- Adaptagenic Herb
- Helps Body Adapt to Stress
- Supports Healthy Glucose Metabolism
- Vegetarian Formula
Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum), also called Indian Basil or Sacred Basil, is known as Tulsi in Sanskrit, which means “the incomparable one”. As an important symbol in Hindu religious traditions it is worshiped and used in various religious rituals. The tradition of Ayurvedic Medicine recognizes the tremendous medicinal significance of Holy Basil, where it is considered an elixir that is healing to mind, body, and spirit. Ayurvedic medicine sees Holy Basil as an herb with bitter, pungent, and astringent tastes used as a major respiratory support herb that helps to mobilize mucus with colds, flu, and other respiratory ailments. It is also traditionally used to bring down fever, for earaches, digestive disorders such as bloating or colic, ringworm, malaria, and even as a mosquito repellant.
Modern research finds Holy Basil to have potent therapeutic potential for peptic ulcer sufferers due to its anti-ulcerogenic and ulcer healing properties. Through its various neurotransmitter-modulating effects it may have analgesic properties as well as anti-stress effects. Stress related changes in levels of hormones such as cortisol and the corticosteroids are generating interest due their negative impact on everything from weight management, to healing, and memory. Studies show Holy Basil to have anti-stressor properties and a normalizing influence on stress induced changes in these problematic corticosteroid hormone levels.
Holy Basil supports healthy carbohydrate metabolism as well as healthy blood sugar levels. Studies suggest diabetics may benefit from Holy Basil’s blood sugar lowering properties and one study also showed cholesterol-lowering effects. Laboratory studies looking at sugar metabolism in the eye suggest Holy Basil may positively influence cataract formation.
Antioxidants are believed to be key ingredients for health and longevity and Holy Basil contains a variety of components with free radical neutralizing and antioxidant activity. Many of the potential benefits attributable to Holy basil are believed to be due to it containing a component called Ursolic acid. Many studies have been performed showing ursolic acid’s protective qualities on nerve, liver, and skin tissues as well as immune modulatory effects. Holy Basil seems to offer significant protection against cancer and cancer causing substances. Lastly, Holy Basil derivatives have been shown to inhibit the inflammatory COX-2 and LOX enzyme systems. Sufferers of arthritis and inflammatory diseases usually are given side effect ridden prescription drugs to inhibit these very same enzymes.NOW's Mission
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