Holy Basil (known as Ocimum Tenuiflorum or Ocimum Sanctum) or Tulsi, is an adaptogenic herb native to India (1, 2).
Holy Basil Benefits
- Mood and stress support (ref)*
- Promotes immune system function (ref)*
- Supports healthy blood pressure (ref)(ref)*
- Promotes healthy triglyceride levels (ref)*
Holy Basil Mode of Action
Holy Basil has been used in traditional Indian Ayurvedic philosophy for more than 3000 years. The Hindi name for Holy Basil is Tulsi. Recent clinical and pharmacological studies have praised Holy Basil for a number of benefits from Holy Basil’s leaves and leaf extract (2).
There are three types of Holy Basil: Ocimum tenuiflorum (or Ocimum sanctum) which include 2 different cultivars of Holy Basil–the green or purplish leaves–and Ocimum gratissimum. Holy Basil’s constituents are ursolic acid, biovlanols (such as lutein and Apigenin), eugenol, ocimumosides A and B, rosmarinic acid, and ocimarin. Eugenol is the active ingredient in the three species of Ocimum, but the phytochemistry of the plant is very complex, and secondary active metabolites like phenylpropanoids, monoterpenes, and sequiterpenes may be able to produce benefits on their own or in combination with the other active constituents of Holy Basil (2).
Holy Basil is an adaptogen, or an anti-stress remedy (3). Adaptogens modify the stress response by increasing the ability to adapt. They mediate the adaptive stress response at a cellular level of communication and can act as regulators of homeostasis within the body (4).
Holy Basil Dosage
Pure Nootropics’ Holy Basil Capsules contain 225 mg of Organic Holy Basil Leaf (Ocimum sanctum) and Holy Basil Leaf Extract (2% Ursolic Acid) per 1 capsule. Suggested use for adults is 1 to 2 capsules by mouth daily, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.
Holy Basil Side Effects and Toxicity
The clinical studies with humans taking Holy Basil reported mild nausea as a side effect but have indicated that short and long-term use of Holy Basil is safe (2).
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