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Scientists eye herb in diabetes treatment

May 26, 2009 by  

Scientists eye herb in diabetes treatment Diabetes therapy may be in for a breakthrough if a particular type of African tea turns out to be useful in the fight against the debilitating disease, scientists say.

Danish scientists first studied the application of the tea on genetically diabetic mice. The liquid is obtained by boiling the leaves, young stalks and fruit of Rauvolfia vomitoria and Citrus aurantium, and has been used as a treatment in traditional Nigerian medicine.

The animal tests showed that after six weeks of daily consumption, combined with a low-fat diet, the pancreas health improved.

The researchers have recently completed a four-month long clinical test on human patients with type 2 diabetes who drank 750 ml of the tea each day and reported encouraging results.

"The [African tea] appears to differentiate itself from other current type 2 diabetes treatments because [it] does not initially affect the sugar content of the blood," says Joan Campbell-Tofte from the University of Copenhagen.

"But after four months of treatment we can see a significant increase in glucose tolerance," she adds.

The researchers say the patients who drank the tea had higher levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which make cell membranes more permeable, resulting in better glucose absorption from the blood.

According to the CDC, more than 23 million Americans are affected by diabetes, and between 90 and 95 percent of diagnosed cases involved type 2 diabetes.

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  • Rozalyn

    Any efect on Type 1? Was it tested on Type 1? Will it be?

    Thanks!

  • Danny

    Oils are Electronic in action. Especially if they are of good quality, and fight bacteria- which can be parasites,- to be viewed by an electron microscope. I used light field/ dark field tecnology. Many molds also are not noticed as problems/They can cut lifespan 50%. The blood is complex, and should be operating properly. Elimination of additives, in foods -such as White, Flour Products is a must.! Altered foods rewrite correct borders, and original early foods, not tampered with/ are amazing.! Be concious of your body- it will respond.!

  • s c

    Like anything else, if it has the potential to help, test it. If it can be proved that it will help, then people should use it.
    And at the same time, Americans need to tell the FDA herd to take a high colonic and a 10 mile hike [with a full field pack, of course].

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