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Did You Know About All The Health Benefits of Holy Basil Backed By Clinical Studies?

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Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) also known as Tulsi is an aromatic herb in the mint (Lamiaceae) family. Holy Basil has believed to be indigenous to the Indian continent over 5,000 years ago and now is cultivated all over the world.

This is such an amazing herb and there are more than 60 varieties of this pungent plant, each with its own characteristic color and aroma. Depending on the type, basil can be green, white or purple with a scent reminiscent of lemon, camphor, cloves, cinnamon, anise, and thyme. Some non-edible kinds are cultivated for ornamental purposes or to guard against garden pests.

Scientific research is now confirming the beneficial effects of Holy Basil. Holy Basil is an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese which is a very good source of copper, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids such as beta-carotene), and vitamin C, calcium, iron, folate, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids.

  1. Fights Cancer – Phytochemicals in Holy Basil prevent chemical-induced lung, liver, oral and skin cancers because they increase antioxidant activity, alter healthy gene expressions, induce cancer cell death, prevent blood vessel growth contributing to cell growth and stop metastasis, which is the spread of cancer from one organ to another.
  2. Anti-Inflammatory – Holy Basil has been proven in a study with leaf extract on rats to significantly reduce the formation of cancerous micronuclei, enzymes which metabolize toxins in the body, and oxidation in both proteins and fats. Antioxidant and healthy enzymatic activity was increased.
  3. Antibacterial Properties – Researchers have found that using Holy Basil as an essential oil exhibited antimicrobial activity against a wide range of Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, yeast, and mold.
  4. Antimicrobial Properties that Fight Viruses and Infections – Helps in the treatment of various human bacterial infections including urinary tract infections, skin and wound infections, typhoid fever, cholera, tuberculosis, gonorrhea, acne, herpes simplex, leishmaniasis, various cases of pneumonia and fungal infections, as well as mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, malaria and filariasis.
  5. Combats Stress – By increasing adrenaline and noradrenaline and decreasing serotonin.
  6. Supports the Liver and detoxifies the body – In a study conducted researchers found that Holy Basil extract significantly increased the production of detoxifying enzymes and reduced the buildup of fat.
  7. Stress – A study with rabbits showed that they displayed improved respiratory and cardiovascular protection, and decreased blood sugar levels and oxidative stress with “Holy Basil.”
  8. Infertility – Research has shown that Holy Basil can help with erectile dysfunction.
  9. Digestive Health – Holy Basil contains manganese which keeps your digestive system healthy, which enables the vitamins in basil to be absorbed properly not allowing you to become vitamin deficient.
  10. Cardiovascular Health and Diabetes – Holy Basil has been shown to reduce glucose levels. In addition, it alleviates the unhealthy levels of cholesterol and triglyceride that diabetes can cause. Studies have also shown that it can be safely used for treating or preventing diabetes.

Researchers have found that Holy Basil is safe for consumption and topical use. Keep in mind though, that Holy Basil may slow blood clotting. Taking Holy Basil along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding. Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel, dalteparin, ticlopidine enoxaparin, heparin, and warfarin. Here is a link that will let you know some dangers when mixing with other medications. You can also talk with your doctor.

 

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4296439/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23682780

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8880292

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17922070

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3249909/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11509108

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12744643

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4296439/

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/holy-basiil-uses-and-risks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sage

8 Impressive Health Benefits of Sage

Sage has been used in ancient Egyptian, Roman, and Greek medicine.  Native American use it in rituals when dried sage is burning they suggest it promotes healing, wisdom, protection, and longevity. Sage is a silvery-green shrub with extremely fragrant leaves and is in the mint family.

Sage comes fresh, ground and rubbed. Fresh is the most fragrant and flavorful. Ground sage is the most commonly used and needs to be kept in a jar with a lid in a cool, dark place. Rubbed Sage comes off very easily in a light, fluffy powder.

Eating raw Sage is definitely not suggested as it is very unpleasant. Cooking them is highly recommended as they have a harsh flavor. By cooking them you calm those harsh flavors.

Sage also comes in other forms for digestive and circulation problems, bronchitis, cough, asthma, angina, mouth and throat inflammations, depression, excessive sweating, skin diseases, and many other diseases. Sage leaves and extracts come in liquids, tablets, throat sprays, capsules, and lozenges

8 Sage Health Benefits proven by clinical studies:

  1. Cognitive – Studies have shown that sage is a brain booster. From increasing memory retention, recall ability and increased concentration. New research suggests that the essential oil from sage is great for opening neurological pathways for people suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s
  2. Inflammation – Sage extract, tincture, and essential oil are all ways of helping with inflammation (because of the flavonoids and phenolic compounds) in health issues such as gout, arthritis, the cardiovascular system which can result in increased blood pressure and heart disease.
  3. Immune System – By applying sage topically (regularly) using salve or tincture gives an extra defense to prevent bacterial and viral infections with its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
  4. Skin – Regularly using a sage tincture, this has been shown to be effective in skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne. By regularly applying salves and extracts to help soothe the blemishes.
  5. Diabetes – Sage regulates and inhibits stored glucose in the liver by preventing blood sugar fluctuations.
  6. Bone – Vitamin K is important for bones. Sage has a great level of Vitamin K in it which is beneficial for people worried about early signs of osteoporosis.
  7. Digestion – By adding Sage to your meals regularly, the rosemaric acid which acts as an anti-inflammatory being beneficial for people suffering from health issues that cause them to be prone to diarrhea and gastritis and get your digestion system less inflamed and back on track.
  8. Throat infections – Sage has been great in helping with pain in sore throats, infected gums, and mouth ulcers.

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/09/030901091846.htm

https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00110552

https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=flavonoids+and+polyphenolic+compound&hl=en&as_sdt=0&as_vis=1&oi=scholart&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjqpJGL3qzUAhUL1oMKHUCgAdAQgQMIJjAA

http://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/hn-2158004

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2225411017300056

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf305472t

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3834722/

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf0715323

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/british-journal-of-nutrition/article/metformin-like-effect-of-salvia-officinalis-common-sage-is-it-useful-in-diabetes-prevention/C7824C92561AAFC22055AB4C0CCDE49D

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814605009076