Holy Basil for the Treatment of Diabetes
Ocimum sanctum, commonly referred to as holy basil, is an herb that is native to India; Ayurvedic medicine regards it as one of the most important plants. It is now widely grown throughout the world and can be eaten as a food or taken as a supplement. The leaves, stems, seeds and oils are all used medicinally.Many people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes use it to help lower high blood glucose levels.
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May Increase Insulin
Diabetes is a disorder characterized by chronic high blood glucose levels. There are two categories of diabetes. Type 1 individuals are unable to produce the hormone insulin and are therefore dependant on insulin injections. Type 2 diabetics make insulin but they either do not make enough, or they are insensitive to it. Some researchers theorize that holy basil can help to increase insulin secretion in type 2 diabetics, says Laura Shane-Mcwhorter in the book “The American Diabetes Association: Guide to Herbs and Nutritional Supplements.” Unfortunately there have not been enough rigorous studies to either confirm or disprove this theory.
Reducing Glucose Levels
Holy basil may also help to lower fasting and post-meal blood glucose levels. There was a study done on 40 type 2 diabetics, who were asked to stop all of their diabetes medications. Half of the patients were given 2.5 g of holy basil leaf powder daily, and the other half were given a placebo for four weeks. The groups were closely monitored and at the end of the study, holy basil was found to reduce fasting blood glucose levels by approximately 17.6 percent, and post-meal blood gl Continue reading