Dear Pharmacist: I’m concerned about diabetes, I’m overweight and it runs in my family. My sister has your diabetes book and said you recommend holy basil, among other herbs and nutrients. Is that the same as regular basil? Would you tell me more? — A.L., Rockwall, Texas
A: I think holy basil is a fabulous herb. This herb has been prized for centuries and is considered a sacred plant. It is related to other types of basil, but it’s not the same as the fresh basil you buy in American supermarkets (which is great, too), or the dried spice form. Holy basil acts as an “adaptogen” in the body, meaning it helps you adapt. It protects cells, improves endurance and helps you cope with stress by supporting adrenal and thyroid function.
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