Not to be confused with regular basil or thai basil, holy basil is considered a sacred herb in India.
Studies show that holy basil can inhibit the growth of a range of bacteria, yeasts and molds.
One small study also found that it can boost function of the immune system by increasing certain immune cells in the blood.
Holy basil is also linked to reduced blood sugar levels before and after meals. It has also been shown to help ease anxiety and anxiety-related depression.
However, these studies were quite small, and more research is needed before any recommendations can be made.
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