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New Chapter Supercritical Holy Basil

August 3rd, 2010

new-chapter-holy-basil.jpgA fairly popular product called “New Chapter Supercritical Holy Basil Capsules” claims to relieve stress, normalize blood sugar levels, and uplift spirits. It is marketed as one that “supports normal cortisol, blood sugar, and insulin metabolism. Protects healthy cells from radiation damage and elevates spirit.” The ingredients used in the capsules are holy basil leaf extract, hydroethanolic extract (also from the basil leaf) and a combination of eugenol and carophylene that New Chapter has called the supercritical extract. All of the substances mentioned here are present in basil, and are extracted from the leaves to be combined in the form of soft capsules.

Although researchers have shown that the hydroethanol extract from other herbs has no particular hypoglycemic reaction (lowering) on blood sugar levels, basil has long been regarded one of the central medicinal herbs in many systems across the world, especially Ayurveda from India. It not only cures colds, coughs, and fevers, but also prevents heart problems and strengthens one’s immune system. Substances in holy basil are considered to be adaptogens. That is, they work to normalize body functions and relieve things like stress and anxiety, which has an overall positive effect on the body and the mind.

Basil is also considered to have COX-2 inhibitors, which reduce inflammation and pain. Herbal tea brewed with basil is the perfect reliever for the tiredness after a long day, or a calmer after a bad fall. Basil not only reduces mental stress but also relieves physical stress and fatigue. Basil also cures skin allergies and insect bites, which is why basil seed oil or powder products are good for the skin. New Chapter Holy Basil combines all these properties of basil in their capsules to deliver a product that may work very effectively based on the ingredient it utilizes. New Chapter claims to grow its holy basil organically in the lap of the Himalayas, the extracts of which are processed in the laboratories in Germany.

The New Chapter Holy Basil is supposed to work for people who are healthy. It is not for someone suffering from say, clinical depression, severe diabetes or heart problems. The product has not been formulated to cure medical or psychological problems. It clarifies from the very outset that it takes care of those blood sugar levels and cells that are already healthy. However, if you are suffering from an illness, and you think Holy Basil could help you, you could use the capsules after having a word with your doctor.

Most user reviews of the product have been positive. The dosage recommended would be one capsule with water to be taken between meals twice a day. I would say it would be fair to buy one small bottle of 60 New Chapter Supercritical Holy Basil capsules, which would last you for a month, and try them out. If they work for you with the resultant feeling of emotional well-being, you could order more. Do not try the product if you are pregnant or nursing, or planning a baby. The product is available at $18 for a bottle of 60 capsules and at $22 for 120 capsules at Amazon.com.

This article was supplied by Nidhi Varma.

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