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Tulsi Nutrition Facts

tulsiTulsi is an aromatic shrub in the basil family Lamiaceae that’s thought to have originated in north central India and now grows native throughout the eastern world tropics. Tulsi is a perennial that has a light lemon scent and purple-pink flowers. Tulsi leaves are oval-shaped with a slightly sharp tip, and the edges are slightly toothed.

There are two common types of tulsi: Rama tulsi has a white stem and green leaves, and Shyam tulsi has a dark pinkish-purple stem and leaves. Both types are similar in smell and benefits.

1/4 cup of fresh tulsi leaves (six grams) includes the following (listed in recommended daily values):

  • 1 calorie
  • No cholesterol
  • 0.2 grams of sodium
  • 0.2 grams of carbohydrates
  • 31 percent vitamin K
  • 6 percent vitamin A
  • 2 percent vitamin C
  • 3 percent manganese
  • 1 percent folate
  • 1 percent calcium
  • 1 percent potassium
  • 1 percent magnesium

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