The health and wellness applications of ‘holy basil’ -- or Tulsi, as it’s called in its native India -- date back about 5,000 years.
When I first learned about the Tulsi herb, I had a hard time believing all of the information about its far-reaching benefits. But the scientific research does back up the claims of this aromatic herb. It’s actually a principle herb of Ayurveda, India’s ancient holistic health system, which is now gaining ground in the West as well.
As stated in the Fox News video above, the peoples of India have long integrated Tulsi into their daily life by incorporating it into religious rituals. In this way, people at all levels of Indian society routinely consume Tulsi for health benefits during worship in their temples and homes.
What’s So Special About Tulsi?
It is generally recognized that antioxidants – which Tulsi is chock-full of -- are powerful nutrients that protect your health by fighting against free radicals in your body, preventing damage from oxidation.
Free radicals are highly reactive molecules that steal electrons from the first thing they encounter, such as a cell wall, or a strand of DNA. The loss of an electron, in turn, oxidizes these cells, which makes them unstable and easily breakable.
As this free-radical damage continues, cells can no longer perform properly, and hence, tissues begin to degrade and disease sets in.
Numerous studies have demonstrated that antioxidants play a vital role in maintaining good health and reducing the risk of diseases like heart disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and cancer, and may contribute to slowing down the aging process itself.
Although many foods you eat contain antioxidants, today"s poor diets likely don"t provide you with all the free radical scavengers you need. This is one area where tea can come in handy as several types of tea have been shown to contain healthy antioxidants, including green tea and black tea.
However, Tulsi’s unique chemistry is highly complex and offers benefits that go over and beyond that of other teas.
It contains hundreds of beneficial compounds known as phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are non-nutritive plant compounds containing protective and health promoting properties.
Working together, these compounds possess potential antioxidant, adaptogenic, and immune-enhancing properties that can fight stress and help promote your general health in multiple ways, including:
- Bolstering your immune system
- Improving your digestive system
- Providing you with a calming effect and relief from occasional stress
- Promoting healthy metabolism
- Helping maintain blood sugar levels in the normal range
- Providing you with skeletal and joint support
- Supporting normal cholesterol levels
A Truly GREAT Way to Start Your Morning
Considering the questionable benefits of starting your day off with a cup of coffee, I highly recommend you try switching to Tulsi tea instead for a far healthier wakeup call.