Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty
 

Scientists Identify Natural Compound That Could Prevent A Range Of Metabolic Conditions

January 14, 2011 by  

Scientists identify natural compound that could prevent a range of metabolic conditionsDiabetes and high cholesterol have reached epidemic proportions in America, and in their quest to find natural remedies to these conditions scientists have recently singled out birch bark as a potential candidate. 

A study published in the January issue of Cell Metabolism suggests that a compound called betulin, found in birch bark, lowered cholesterol levels, helped prevent obesity and improved insulin sensitivity in experiments conducted in animal models.

Moreover, mice treated with the extract showed better resistance to atherosclerotic plaques in their arteries. Such plaques are responsible for cardiovascular diseases, which can lead to a heart attack.

The scientists, led by Bao-Liang Song of the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, explain that betulin targets proteins that are important for activating the genes responsible for the production of cholesterol, fatty acids and triglycerides.

The team adds that the compound is readily available and appears to have low toxicity. In fact, it has been hailed as a possible precursor to a new generation of safer and effective treatments for a range of metabolic conditions.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 20 percent and 33 percent of American adults could develop diabetes in the next four decades. 

Special To Personal Liberty

You Sound Off! is written by our readers and appears the last Wednesday of each month. If you would like to submit an article or letter to the editor for consideration for You Sound Off!, send it to yousoundoff@personalliberty.com by the Friday before the last Wednesday of the month. To be considered, a submission should be 750 words or less and must include the writer's name, address and a telephone number. Only the writer's name will be published. Anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Scientists Identify Natural Compound That Could Prevent A Range Of Metabolic Conditions”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at newstips@personalliberty.com

Bottom
close[X]

Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to PersonalLiberty.com,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.