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Holy Basil: Ocimum sanctum

November 5, 2010

Holy Basil is a herb/ingredient we use in both our Young & Fun and Calm & Relax infusions  – interestingly this plant is implicated in some interesting treatments for medical conditions and is famed for its antioxidant activity.  Below we describe one of the positive functionalities of this plant extract.  Lipid Peroxidation is the oxidative degradation of lipids. It is the process through which free radicals take electrons from the lipids in cell membranes, resulting in cell damage.

Comparative effect of Ocimum sanctum, Commiphora mukul, folic acid and ramipril on lipid peroxidation (Khanna N, Arora D, Halder S, Mehta AK, Garg GR, Sharma SB, Mahajan P)

Summary

Full Abstract can be found: here

Treatment with Holy Basil (O. sanctum) showed a significant decrease in cholesterol and triglyceride levels respectively.  O. sanctum also increased serum HDL-cholesterol compared to a control. Results also suggested that it was effective in its free radical scavenging action.   It was concluded that O. sanctum had beneficial effect on hypercholesterolemic  model systems, both in terms of lipid profile as well as antioxidant potential.  It was suggested that these types of plants could be explored for synergistic effect for treatment for hypercholesterolemic conditions.

La Albahaca (Ocimum sanctum) es una hierba o ingrediente que utilizamos en nuestras infusiones Young&Fun y Calm&Relax – curiosamente esta planta está implicada en algunos tratamientos de interés para trastornos y es famosa por su actividad antioxidante.  El artículo describe una de las funciones positivas de este extracto de la planta.  Peroxidación lipídica es la degradación oxidativa de lípidos.  Es el proceso mediante el cual los radicales libres toman electrones de los lípidos en las membranas celulares, resultando en el daño celular.  Los resultados sugirieron que O. sanctum es eficaz en su acción de la eliminación de radicales libres.


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