- Hi, I'm Sage. Welcome back to the Addictive Wellness channel. Today, I'm excited to talk with you guys about one of my favorite herbs and one of the greatest adaptogens in the world, Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi. So this is a plant originally coming from Asia and it was traditionally used in the Ayurvedic system and continues to be used in the Ayurvedic system. But now it doesn't just grow there, it's actually growing now in tropical regions all around the world. It's kind of been spread by man around the world, which is kind of cool. Invasive plants aren't always necessarily a good thing, but in this case it has so many benefits to it, so it's great that people all around the world can get access to it, including us here in America.
So what is Holy Basil doing? It works in so many ways. First of all, it's helping to control blood glucose levels and improve insulin sensitivity which is amazing because when you balance your blood sugar and get your blood sugar regulated and your body can control that, there are so many benefits that come downstream from that including better longevity, better energy levels, better hormone health.
And then at the same time, building on that hormone health topic, it also improves testosterone production for guys which is great because there are so many components of our modern lives and our modern diets and lifestyles that are challenging testosterone production. So we wanna support it on the other side. Now, keep in mind if you are wanting to have children in the near future, don't take Holy Basil because it actually decreases sperm production and you wanna have all your guys ready to go if you're trying to reproduce in the near future. Now, don't use it as your only method of birth control, but it is gonna have that sperm inhibiting effect.
Next, it's gonna be supporting thyroid function and thyroid is one of those things where so many people have maybe a slightly underactive thyroid and they have all kinds of different health problems that are stemming from that but they don't recognize it and they run around kinda just playing whack-a-mole trying to stifle different symptoms that are popping up here and there. But you smack one of those guys and another one just pops up. And so getting your thyroid balance is key for longterm health and getting to a point where you don't have random symptoms popping up all over the place.
Then it's decreasing stress and anxiety. Holy Basil chills you out, it is a great meditators herb. I wanted to put it on our tranquility chocolate along with other herbs like Reishi and Ashwagandha and He Shou Wu. The problem is, Holy Basil has such a strong specific flavor that it was overwhelming the flavor of our chocolate and so I wasn't able to get it in there but it's one that I love to have. It's actually really a pleasant taste, it just kind of clashes with the flavor of chocolate. You could even do it in a hot chocolate, but you gotta be ready for the fact that the Holy Basil flavor is gonna be very prominent.
Now, it's also working on the liver. It protects the liver from toxins which is great in our modern world. We're bombarded by toxins all the time and it has an especially strong function in that way if you're pairing it with Milk Thistle, so it's interesting, Holy Basil really has synergistic effects with many other herbs. We were talking about it for stress and anxiety, it is magnified in that department if you take it with Ashwagandha, another one of our anti-anxiety, stress reducing herbs. Now with the liver, it helps and it works even better if you pair it with Milk Thistle. And the Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics 2016 showed that it will actually selectively protect against tissues being damaged by the destructive effects of radiation. So if you're having radiation for cancer or something of that nature, you don't wanna block the effects of radiation 'cause you want radiation to kill off the cancer cells, but you can have an herb like Holy Basil that's gonna help to selectively protect the healthy tissues from being damaged while still allowing the radiation to go in and have its effect on killing the cancer cells.
So this is a really incredible herb and a great one to incorporate into your strategy for health, longevity, for maximum thyroid function, fighting stress, healthy liver function, detoxification in so many ways. So let me know if you've tried this herb, give us a like, leave us a comment, let us know what your experiences have been. I look forward to hearing from you guys and hearing about your experience and I wish you all a great day and looking forward to seeing you again soon.