Holy basil also known as Tulsi is a herb native to India. In Ayurveda, it is regarded as a very important plant.
Today, it is grown worldwide and can be consumed as a food or a supplement. All parts of this plant: the leaves, stems, seeds and oil are used medicinally. In diabetic, both type 1 and type 2, it is known to help lower blood sugar levels.
As per research, holy basil has the ability to lower fasting sugar levels in type 2 diabetics. This research was conducted by the Diabetes Association on 40 type 2 diabetics who were asked to stop medication completely. Even though the study was small it confirmed that basil can effectively lower blood sugar levels.
Another area where Holy Basil is helpful is in prevention of cardiovascular complications. This is a common complication in diabetics and is a leading cause of death. Holy basil is known to help protect body from damage due to its antioxidant properties. Prevention of such damage is crucial because free radicals are thought to contribute to cardiovascular problems. Some studies also claim that holy basil can lower cholesterol and reduce triglyceride levels.
Having constantly high cholesterol levels can put diabetics at risk and can cause hardened arteries, ultimately leading to strokes . Holy basil can reduce this risk.
Holy basil (tulsi) is also known to improve pancreatic beta-cell function which can increase the uptake of glucose by muscle cells.
There is no particular dosage for holy basil, but approximately 3 grams of dried leaf powder can be used daily on an empty stomach.
You can chew some tulsi( holy basil) leaves daily or add it to boiling water. Strain the mix and drink the water for its goodness. Another great way is to add holy basil leaves to your dishes.