AOR's Holy Basil is known for its diverse therapeutic benefits, which include supporting healthy glucose metabolism and anxiety relief.
• reduces anxiety
• anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and analgesic effects due to e.g. eugenol and ursolic acid
• supports healthy blood sugar balance
A Traditional Remedy
Ocimum tenuiflorum (syn. sanctum) is a medicinal plant with a long history of traditional use in India. The plant is commonly known as “Tulsi” in Hindi and “Holy Basil” in western countries. Traditionally this plant has been used for the treatment of bronchitis, bronchial asthma, malaria, diarrhea, dysentery, skin diseases, arthritis, painful eye diseases, chronic fever and insect bites.
Backed by Science
Research into the therapeutic potential of holy basil supports a role for this traditional herb as an effective anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antibacterial agent. Holy basil is also a powerful antioxidant. Furthermore, human clinical trials have shown that holy basil helps reduce anxiety and effectively lowers blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetics.
Benefits Beyond Compare
The meaning of Tulsi is “the incomparable one”, and holy basil does truly have an amazing array of benefits and therapeutic activities. This sacred herb has developed a reputation as a veritable panacea, promoting a sense of well-being, relieving stress and supporting the immune system.
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. Although closely related to the type of basil typically used in cooking (Ocimum basilicum), it is not the same species, and has different pharmacological and therapeutic properties. Holy basil contains a number of active constituents including tannins, phenolic compounds and flavonoids. The primary active compounds responsible for this herb’s diverse benefits include eugenol, oleanolic acid and ursolic acid.
Traditionally, various parts of the plant have been used to treat a number of conditions, including bronchitis, malaria, diarrhea, dysentery, skin diseases, arthritis, painful eye diseases, chronic fever and insect bites. In addition to this, holy basil has been suggested to possess anticancer, antidiabetic, antifungal, antimicrobial, hepatoprotective, cardioprotective, antispasmodic, analgesic and adaptogenic actions. Scientists have begun to investigate the pharmacology and therapeutic potential of this herb, and these studies have established a scientific basis for the use of this plant for many of these conditions.
Holy basil has been reported to induce relaxation, promote a feeling of calm and reduce stress. In one study, thirty-five individuals with generalized anxiety disorder were given 500 mg of holy basil twice daily for 60 days. It was observed that holy basil attenuated generalized anxiety symptoms and reduced stress and depression. In animal studies, holy basil helped to balance cortisol levels in rats exposed to acute and chronic noise stress.
The active components of holy basil are powerful antioxidants with a significant ability to scavenge highly reactive and dangerous free radicals. In test tube and animal studies, extracts from holy basil have been shown to increase levels of antioxidant enzymes, prevent lipid peroxidation and protect against oxidative stress and damage. Lipid peroxidation is especially dangerous, as it has been linked to inflammatory conditions, cancer and cardiovascular disease. It also helps to prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol and has actually been shown to reduce cholesterol levels in animal studies.
Anti-Inflammatory, Analgesic and Anti-bacterial Properties
paw edema by 66%. Its mechanism of action appears to be as an agonist to histamine, and also as an inhibitor of lipoxygenase and prostaglandins. These properties may also be behind holy basil’s potential role as an antiulcer agent. Animal studies have also demonstrated significant pain relieving, or analgesic, effects. This seems to be due to the inhibition of the enzyme COX-2 by eugenol.
Holy basil’s wide-ranging properties also include significant antibacterial and anti-parasitic activity. It has been shown to eliminate the bacterial species Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus pumilus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in vitro. The active compounds in the plant are also effective in killing the parasite Leishmania and the parasite that causes malaria (plasmodium). Animal studies suggest that holy basil is an effective immune-system modulator, helping to promote a healthy immune response.
Blood Sugar Balance
Studies in both mice and humans have demonstrated a role for holy basil in the support of healthy blood sugar balance. In one eight week, randomized, placebo-controlled trial including 40 type-2 diabetes patients, a significant reduction in fasting blood sugar levels, postprandial blood sugar levels and even cholesterol levels was demonstrated.
an Incomparable Herb
This is just the beginning of this amazing herb’s potential actions. In addition to these, it also appears to be effective for bronchitis, coughing, and possibly even for cataracts! With all of these benefits holy basil truly is an incomparable herb.
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Why can resistant starch improve your blood sugar balance?
Among the most popular good intentions we have before the new year starts is to improve health and lose weight.
Sadly, for many of us, those good intentions fall by the wayside within as little as 1 or 2 weeks. The main reason for failing on any given diet is that it tends to be a too drastic change in how we tend to eat.
Which for most of us, tends to be a moderate to high-carb diet, which for most Dutch people tends to revolve around bread and potatoes. That will make it very hard if you want to make a switch to a low-carb diet as is the norm these days.
However, I've got good news for you! You may not need to give up on all of your carbs. Instead, you can try to switch from carbs that have a negative impact on your blood sugar balance, towards slow-acting carbs also known as ... resistant starch.
Even when you are quite happy about eating a (very) low-carb diet, there are still ways to increase the amount of resistant starch in your diet, without drastically increasing the amount of calories and 'net carbs'.
Therefore the article below will tell you everything about resistant starch you need to know.
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Zinc and HCQ
In the past few months, nearly everyone will have become familiar with the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and how it has been welcomed as a miracle drug, only to be set aside as being too dangerous to expose sick patients with underlying cardiovascular diseases to it.
Upon learning how HCQ is supposed to be used in this crisis, I was flabbergasted to read how HCQ was put to use by itself, as a drug on its own. True enough, HCQ is a malaria drug, but it was not just meant to be used as a curative medicin on its own for COVID-19 but as a messenger to transport the true miracle mineral, zinc into cells.
The now famous Zelenko protocol which uses HCQ , azithromycin and zinc as well as a number of other essential vitamins and minerals, was never meant to be used in hospital either, but for use by doctors on patients who had just fallen ill.
Now the researchers who discredited HCQ in the Lancet article have been debunked as having used fraudulous data in order to promote a much more expensive drug in which one of the authors had a vested interested, we think it is about time to explain a thing or two on why and how HCQ is used in combination with zinc.
Symptoms and natural treatments of indigestionIndigestion or heartburn can happen when your body has trouble digesting food. Anyone can get it on occasion, or it can be an ongoing problem. Heartburn is especially prominent in December with so many holidays accompanied with delicious foods, that prompt us to overindulge.
While acid reflux is a common phenomenon, not all symptoms of it, are very obvious.
When heartburn happens, for instance due to smoking, alcohol, medication, carbonated drinks or some foods that are difficult to process (spices, fats, acids, fiber) may cause a valve-like stomach muscle to loosen, allowing stomach acid to backwash into the esophagus. This exposes sensitive tissue in the chest to stomach acids, causing painful symptoms.
Common symptoms of reflux are a burning feeling in your chest or stomach, burping, bloating, gurgling stomach, acid reflux, heartburn, nausea or even vomiting.
Problems in your GI tract or other health issues also can cause indigestion. These include:
- acid reflux, gastroesophageal reflux (GER), or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): A reaction to food and drink where contents come back up from your stomach. The acid can come up into your esophagus, the tube-like organ connecting your mouth and stomach. Acid reflux also can produce vomiting. This condition causes heartburn because of the high acid contents.
- irritable bowel syndrome: a disorder that affects your intestines. Symptoms include stomach pain, bloating, gas, constipation, and diarrhea.
- infection: a bacterial infection from Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) can cause indigestion.
- gastroparesis: A condition that affects digestion. If muscles in your GI tract stop working, your body slows down or stops the movement of food. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, bloating, and acid reflux.
- ulcer: A sore on the lining of your stomach (peptic ulcer), small intestine, or esophagus.
- gastritis: Inflammation of your stomach lining.
- stomach cancer: This is a rare condition, but indigestion can be one of its signs.
Usefulness of herbal medicine in modern timesNatural plant products have been used throughout human history for various purposes. In fact, written records of the use of herbal medicine date back more than 5000 years, and for much of history, herbal medicine was the only medicine.
Today, plants are being used to treat a number of health concerns and conditions, including allergies, arthritis, migraines, fatigue, skin infections, wounds, burns, gastrointestinal issues and even cancer, proving that it’s true that food is medicine. These herbs are less expensive and they’re a safer means of treatment than conventional medications, which is why so many people are choosing to go back to this traditional idea of medicine.
Why is it so hard for a diabetic to keep blood sugar levels stable?
Most of you will know how food containing starches or sugars will raise blood sugar levels, and those of us who are dependent on insulin to control blood sugar levels, either because they are born with diabetes (type 1) or develop it later in life (type 2), are keen on keeping their blood sugar levels within a certain range.
This isn't always easy, even when ingesting a precalculated amount of carbohydrates.
There are several reasons why blood sugar levels can fluctuate
How reliable is the Glycemic index?Almost everyone who's ever started a diet in the past decade, will have heard about the glycemic index (GI) and have been advised to eat predominantly foods that have a lower glycemic response, that is, foods that will not increase blood sugar level so much.
A high blood sugar level is closely associated with health problems such as diabetes and obesity, and it's easy to measure using a continuous glucose monitor.
A standard developed decades ago, called the glycemic index (GI), is used to rank foods based on how they affect blood sugar level and is a factor used by doctors and nutritionists to develop healthy diets. However, this system was based on studies that average how small groups of people responded to various foods.
This method of the glycemic index (GI) was developed at the University of Sydney where the glycemic response to foods were compared with those of glucose after an overnight fast.
The emphasis on the glycemic index led to an oversimplification of food items as being 'good' or 'wrong' based on their GI-ratings. It can even falsely portray unhealthy foods as “safe.”
Frequently agave syrup and coconut sugar are being advertised as “healthy” because of their low glycemic indexes, yet they lack nutrients such as fiber and vitamins and are nothing but 'empty sugar'.
A bigger problem with the glycemic index is that glycemic responses to foods are highly individual.
While the University of Sidney did their research on just 10 persons, a study with no less than 800 healthy and pre-diabetic volunteers, whose blood glucose levels were monitored every five minutes for a prolonged period of time, a startling difference between individual response on specific foods were shown.
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Take 2 capsules daily with or without food oras directed by a health care practitioner.
contains per daily serving (1 capsule)
holy basil (Ocimum sanctum [2.4% ursolic acid]) 500mg
active ingredients (holy basil), filler (microcrystalline cellulose), capsule (hypromellose)
keep dry and closed at normal room temperature
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warning and contra-indication
Do not take if pregnant, nursing or trying to conceive
May increase the risk of bleeding when combined with anticoagulants
contains no familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, soy, lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish or mollusks)