Tulsi: The best Ayurvedic herb to control blood sugar  |  Photo Credit: Thinkstock
New Delhi: Holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum), commonly referred to as Tulsi in Hindi, is regarded as one of the most important plants in Ayurveda for its diverse medicinal properties. It is claimed that this everyday herb found in almost every Indian household can help manage high blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
Perhaps, holy basil – from the leaves to the seed – is considered a tonic for the body as it may help boost your health in various forms. Low in calorie yet high in essential nutrients, the ancient herb may also aid in weight loss. Many people with diabetes include basil in their diet to help lower high blood glucose levels. Read – Holy Basil health benefits: Here’s why you should add Tulasi or Tulsi to your daily diet
Holy basil for type 2 diabetes treatment: How it works
Some studies suggested that basil contains compounds that can help increase insulin secretion in people with type 2 diabetes. Research also found that holy basil may help lower fasting and post-meal blood glucose levels, although more work is needed to confirm whether or not the herb can be an effective treatment for diabetes.
Studies have also shown that the herb can be used to help reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. So, if you have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, using holy basil may help prevent the symptoms of diabetes such as weight gain, insulin resistance, hypertension, high cholesterol, etc. Read – A pinch of carom seeds: Manage diabetes, weight, and other health problems
While using holy basil may provide some health benefits, the American Diabetes Association warns that the herb should be consumed only as a food product or under the recommendation of your health care practitioner.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.