Holy basil (O. sanctum) prevents oxidative damage due to radiation and oxidizing agents. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Antioxidant and radioprotective properties of an Ocimum sanctum polysaccharide.
Redox Rep. 2005;10(5):257-64. PMID: 16354414
The antioxidant activity of two polysaccharides isolated from the Indian medicinal plants, Ocimum sanctum and Tinospora malabarica, was studied. Only the O. sanctum polysaccharide (OSP) showed significant activity. OSP could prevent oxidative damage to liposomal lipids and plasmid DNA induced by various oxidants such as iron, AAPH and gamma-radiation, besides scavenging important ROS such as the superoxide radical and hydrogen peroxide and inhibiting xanthine oxidase. In addition, OSP could prevent gamma-radiation-mediated cell deaths in mouse splenocytes.