Tulsi is known for its heart-protecting properties. Non-human studies have found the tulsi leaf to decrease blood cholesterol levels, reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Another animal study showed that the herb caused a reduction in heart tissue inflammation. Tulsi extract might prevent heart disease by inhibiting an enzyme that is thought to cause atherosclerosis, the process in which plaque builds up in the arteries. Studies on human cells found a significant anti-inflammatory effect, showing properties for treating cardiovascular disease. Tulsi essential oil protects the heart via its antioxidant effects.
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