HOW AN ANCIENT HERB MIGHT BE A POWERFUL ANTI-CANCER SOLUTION

Tulsi (a.k.a. holy basil), is an herb that is known for having a variety of medicinal uses. It can be used for its antifungal, antibacterial, or antiseptic properties. Tulsi is also a good source for antioxidants. While these are positive reasons to include tulsi in your diet, a recent study shows that tulsi could be a powerful anti-cancer agent.

Scientists have sequenced 61 percent of the tulsi herb’s genome and identified the secondary metabolites that have value for medicinal purposes. Over 40 beneficial secondary metabolites were found.


14 of these metabolites have been mapped and 8 of those have anti-cancer properties. The other six metabolites offer antifungal, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.

TYPES OF TULSI PLANTS

Five different subtypes of the tulsi plant were examined as part of a study into the mapping of the tulsi genome.

Two of these sub-types are domesticated varieties and were found to have the highest level of useful metabolites.
One domesticated sub-type, Rama (with green leaves), had the greatest amount of healthy metabolites.

With all five varieties studied, the leaves often contained the highest concentration of secondary metabolites. As the plant grows, the leaves retain their medicinal value.


MASS PRODUCING TULSI ENZYMES

Now that the majority of the tulsi genome has been mapped, scientists can isolate the enzymes that are most beneficial for fighting cancer and engineer yeast for medicinal purposes. Without the gene mapping, this would not be as effective. Scientists will be able to mass produce yeast from tulsi plant enzymes.

TULSI JUICING RECIPE

Until scientists are able to develop cancer fighting medicine derived from the tulsi herb, you will just have to deal with eating the real thing. Juicing is such an easy and effective way to get nutrients from fruits and vegetables, as well as herbs.

When the leaves are cooked, it tends to lose some of its nutritional value. By juicing them, you retain most of the abundance of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

Tulsi was mentioned as a powerful herb that can help fight cancer cells. In addition to combatting cancer, tulsi and mint help cool your body and is sometimes used to soothe sore throats. To include this herb in your diet, and get all of the cancer fighting strength of the tulsi herb, try this juicing recipe:



Ingredients for Tulsi Juice:

2 large carrots
1 green apple
A handful of mint leaves
A handful of tulsi leaves

Tulsi and mint leaves are best to be extracted using a masticating juicer. You can easily add them into any of your daily juices. The above is suggested simply for taste.



The tulsi plant has been used for medicinal purposes for many years. Scientists have always suspected that the herb had anti-cancer compounds, but now they have scientific proof. If you want an additional way to help fight cancer, include tulsi leaves in your daily green juices.