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Natural Alternatives to Coffee-Tulsi tea (also known as Holy Basil)

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

While you're trying to wean yourself off of coffee and are searching for a satisfying replacement beverage, let's not forget about water. Water is vital to the body and is truly the elixir of life.

Tulsi tea (also known as Holy Basil) is another favorite tea of mine. It's a powerful herb used in Ayurveda, which is an ancient system of medicine practiced in India.

The thing I like about tulsi is that it's an adaptogenic herb, which means that it helps to reduce the stressors that may be compromising your physical and mental well-being. Tulsi also is rich in antioxidants so we know that consuming it will help prevent oxidation damage, which can leave our bodies vulnerable to disease.

That's probably why Ayurvedic practices often use tulsi to treat cancer, as well as headaches, diabetes, high blood pressure, and joint pain, among other maladies and diseases.

According to Dr. Ralph Miller, who is the former Director of Research for the Canadian Department of Health and Welfare, "Modern scientific research offers impressive evidence that tulsi reduces stress, enhances stamina, relieves inflammation, lowers cholesterol, eliminates toxins, protects against radiation, prevents gastric ulcers, lowers fevers, improves digestion, and provides a rich supply of antioxidants and other nutrients."

Dr. Miller also stated that "tulsi is especially effective in supporting the heart, blood vessels, liver, and lungs and also regulates blood pressure and blood sugar." That's quite an endorsement of tulsi's health benefits. 


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