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Common Vine May Become A New Nutritional Supplement

November 6, 2009 by  

Common vine may become a new nutritional supplement Researchers suspect that kudzu, a vine that covers millions of acres in the southeastern U.S., contains a compound that may be useful in treating metabolic syndrome, and may therefore become a source of valuable dietary supplements.

Scientists from Alabama have found evidence that a compound called puerarin regulates glucose metabolism by directing it to muscles, where it helps generate energy, and away from fat cells and blood vessels. They have also discovered that it is found in abundance in root extracts from kudzu, which has long been used as nutritious food by people in China and Japan.

The scientists arrived at the conclusion by studying animals which received kudzu extract supplementation and experienced lower cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and insulin levels after a period of two months.

In the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry they wrote that kudzu root "may provide a dietary supplement that significantly decreases the risk and severity of stroke and cardiovascular disease in at-risk individuals."

Puerarin is an antioxidant isoflavone that is also believed to have protective properties against cancer, including certain types of breast and prostate cancers.

Metabolic syndrome is associated with excess body fat, high blood pressure, sugar and lipids levels. If untreated, it may increase the risk of heart disease, stroke or diabetes.

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  • Fed Up Gal in NM

    I don’t want to mis-use this space, but I can’t find an article that really applies to my question. I’m wondering if anyone knows of a reputable site to view information related to Alternative Meds/Treatment for Pets.

    Specifically, I just switched Vets and my new Vet suggested switching my dog from Phenobarbital (for idiopathic seizures) to Postassium Bromide (apparently it’s safer and does not cause liver problems like phenobarb can). I’m very open to such a change, but wanted to read up on various view points.

    I’m also annoyed now, that even though I asked my prior vets (for years) if there was a better/safer med we could switch her too…they just said well, she’s doing so well on this….probably not a good idea to switch now.

    Thanks (in advance) for your assistance.

    • Joyce Duke

      Hello Fedup Gal from NM,

      You didn’t mention what kind of, or how big your best epileptic friend is, but for the questions I am going to pose, it doesn’t really matter. First off, go read the ingredients on your dog food containers (bags, cans and all others) looking for monosodium glutamate (MSG) and aspartame. If you aren’t familiar with the various names they hide MSG under, on line search those and print them out – but I can tell you right fast like you don’t want to find natural flavors or natural flavoring, hydrolyzed plant protein whether from corn, pea, soy beans or any other plant listed in the ingredients. Fortunately at the present time the only names I know of
      being used for aspartame are Equal and NutraSweet (and of course aspartame is also in any hydrolyzed plant protein which made neurologist Russell Blaylock who wrote “Excitotoxins: The Taste That
      Kills”, label hydrolyzed plant proteins the most deadly MSG form of all,because it kills off two different kindns of neurons, whereas when
      ingested singly MSG and aspartame only kills off one type of neuron.
      He further tells you that excitotoxins are named so, because they excite the cells of the brain and central nervous system to death. Since our esteemed FDA that protects our food supply so well recognizes only the studies paid for by the manufactures of these two excitotoxins, they still give both a “GRAS” rating for human consumption, so there definitely won’t be any restraint from using it in pet foods. Blaylock must have read every study ever done on MSG and aspartame before he wrote this book. He states that every independent study done on both of them came to the same conclusions: it doesn’t matter whether the brain was that of a rat, mouse, chicken, cat, dog, etc., if the study was carried out for 13 weeks, the brains of all looked like those of Alzheimer’s disease patients.
      He discusses the studies and tells you how they were skewed to keep their GRAS rating from the FDA. One study concluded that “it was at least as safe as the placebo used in the study”. They didn’t mention the fact that the substance used as a placebo WAS NOT A HARMLESS PLACEBO, but another substance that caused the same or similar problems as the substance being studied. Don’t you just love that honesty?

      For your own health, after reading ingredients on your pet’s food containers, go read those on your own food and drinks, including the raw meat that you buy to cook. That chicken broth that one well-known brand of raw chicken that “may contain up to 15% of”is loaded with MSG. It is not easy to find any processed food that doesn’t have one or both in them. On one brand of canned turnip greens and canned black eyed peas (same brand), I found MSG, hydrolyzed plant protein, and natural flavors listed. I looked at this particular brand because my niece said she loved it, it tasted almost as good as home cooked. This niece had also been seeing a doctor for panic attacks and diabetes. After discussing MSG/aspartame toxicity, she started watching for them and stopped having so many of them when her intake of both were reduced. When she started having them more frequently again, in talking with her, she was surprised when I told her to go read those ingredients lists again because I had yet to find any boullion powder or cube that wasn’t loaded with one or both, and that was the one that I missed the most in my cooking. I choose to use more herbs and spices so I have better health. Many of those herbs and
      spices also contain them.

      I have seen nothing reputable to disqualify this neurologist words of
      wisdom, so let’s consider that these studies he cites, irrefutably establish that the damage to all brains from these two toxins are the same. He connects them to much more than Alzheimer’s ranging from headaches, epilepsy, brain tumors, brain cancers, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and more. Strangely enough, most of the newer seizure (epilepsy) medications are magnesium, a mineral that our bodies require. When you do a little research on magnesium and find that it competes with MSG for the same receptor sites in the brain, you can readily see that when magnesium gets to those sites and are needed worse the MSG gets turned down. Im simpler words it stops seizures by blocking MSG entering the brain. Since our creator used the same structures, chemicals, body organs over and over, I assume that magnesium also competes for the receptor sites in the animal brains
      also, so it should work the same for them.

      If you can’t find a good source of magnesium, at the local Dollar Tree
      stores, I can get a two pound box of Epsom Salts (magnesium sulphate)
      for $1.00. It can also be purchased in 1-5 lb. containers at Walgreen, Walmart and others. For dosage – I’ll quote the old folk’s
      amount they took to control their bloodpressure – the “amount you can hold on a dime”. I haven’t personally checked out this dosage but suspect it would be somewhat shy of 1/2 teaspoonful. I assume that the old folks were holding this dime in their fingers, so you can see
      what it checks out for you. When trying to figure out how much to give your dog, consider his/her weight as compared to the l50 lb. average person adult dosage is considered to be based on. If it were
      my dog I would start off with 1/8 tsp. or less and work up a little at a time until no more seizures. The beauty of this is if you give your pet a little too much, you will know because the laxative effect
      will have you busy cleaning up after him/her, long before you will have done any irreparable damage to your pet.

      Now that we have gotten that out of the way, if you find you have been dosing your dogs with toxic chemicals, quickly find them a food without the toxic ingredients.

      One other thing I did not mention is chelation to get rid of toxic substances in the body. Since medicines work approximately the same for pets, I assume that chelation would also. A safe formula for one
      is 1 cup extra virgin olive oil, 2 bunches of cilantro (washed), and 8
      cloves of garlic. Put all into a blender or smoothie and puree. The dosage is 1 tsp 3 times a day – again remember to compare your pet’s weight with that proverbial 150 lb. adult and reduce or increase accordingly.

      Hope you find this helpful with your pets. Good luck!

      • Fed Up Gal in NM

        Hi Joyce Duke,

        Well…first let me apologize for not replying sooner. Honestly, I just ran across this article again…somehow I lost track of it and did not realize you had responded back in Feb. You may not even see this, but I did want to respond to say Thank you for the information you provided.

        I have two 14 y.o. (next month) pugs; both have medical issues (both have mild arthritis (on Dasuquin and that works great), both are low thyroid (on meds….up and down…mostly up with sporadic down turns), both are on special eye drops (equal to Restacin??), and one has idiopathic seizures (no longer on phenobarb….now she’s on Potassium Bromide w/o any known seizures since we stopped the phenobarb). Now she has a sphincter problem, so we’re watching that and hopefully it is not a tumor. Geeeeez….if it’s not one thing…it’s another…lol. You gotta luv ‘em (and I do).

        Anyway, to your question about their dog food….they are both on special dog food “Pinnacle duck and potato”…and they do not get much of any other food (both apparently now have food allergies :).

        I know about the artifical sweetner issues (I stopped drinking anything with that 3 or 4 years ago)….Now I use Agave Nectar or stevia for sweetners…occasionally Splenda or half the amt of regular sugar…but still very rarely.

        Well…just wanted to respond and say thanks!

        Fed Up Gal in NM

  • Doug

    I had two big dogs some time ago, and as they aged acquired many old age problems. I was using a well seasoned acupuncturist and Alternative Doc for myself, and so I asked him what to do for my dogs. He said that many Alternative herbs for people work the same way on dogs. I think there are a few Veterinarians who are specific for acupuncture for pets, and this is the direction I would look, as they probably also use herbs. Good luck

  • Fed Up Gal in NM

    Thanks Doug!

  • Bernie

    I live in Georgia, and I think I can say with certain qualification that kudzu is the closest incarnation of Satan that this planet has to offer. If some pharm company wants to come get it out of my backyard, have at it.


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