Holy Basil Benefits
Holy basil an adaptogenic herb, meaning it assists the body in regulating stress, whether physical or emotional. This Ayurvedic medicine has also been used traditionally to increase libido, though conversely it may reduce fertility and conception.
Additionally, holy basil is a powerful antioxidant– in turn it can reduce inflammation and increase immune functioning.
Holy Basil Dosage
For nootropic and adaptogenic benefit 500 mg of holy basil twice daily appears to be ideal. Total daily dosage should not exceed 3 grams.
Holy Basil Mode of Action
Holy basil works by multiple mechanisms of action, one being the presence of specific flavonols that may alleviate oxidative stress.
Additionally, the components ocimarin and the ocimumosides A and B in holy basil appear to exert anti-stress response.
Holy Basil Side Effects & Toxicity
There are very few side effects of holy basil, when reported the most common side effect is gastrointestinal distress such as upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, etc.