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How does holy basil relieve stress?

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  • AChris Kilham, Alternative/complementary Medicine, answered
    Holy basil functions as an adaptogen, enhancing the body's natural response to physical and emotional stress. Adaptogenic herbs do not alter mood, but rather, they help the body function optimally during times of stress.

    Multiple scientific studies examining this property of holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) have found that supplementation with various extracts of holy basil decrease stress hormone levels, corticosterone in particular.

    Lower levels of corticosterone are associated with improved mental clarity and memory, and long term can reduce the risk of age-related mental disorders.
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