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Worried About Diabetes? You May Want to Ante Up on This Extract


mulberry Recent research suggests that mulberries, a fruit rich in antioxidants called anthocyanins, may help prevent type 2 diabetes. Scientists believe the development of this illness is related to inflammation within the body. Therefore, as antioxidants can relieve inflammation, taking anthocyanins can help keep diabetes at bay. One study even showed mulberry extract was more effective than the diabetic drug glyburide.

Research on Diabetic Rats Showed Promise

In a study conducted at the School of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine at Mae Fah Luang University in Bangkok, Thailand, researchers tested the effects of anthocyanins from a mulberry extract on diabetic rats. They administered 125 or 250 mg of mulberry extract per kg body weight twice a day for five weeks.

The findings showed the glucose levels of the diabetic rats that received the 250 mg/kg body weight dose were normalized following the five-week treatment. An additional benefit was that insulin levels were significantly decreased. The promising results led the authors to conclude that anthocyanins may be useful in preventing type 2 diabetes. This research was published in Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine.

Clinical Trial Involving Humans is Equally Promising

Studies involving humans also show mulberry extract is helpful for diabetes. In fact, it has a history of being used for blood sugar control and is employed in some Asian countries to treat this illness. In a recent clinical trial published in the Journal of Functional Foods, Korean researchers evaluated the effects of mulberry extract on a group of 50 healthy people. They found intakes of 2.5 or 5 grams of mulberry leaf reduced blood glucose levels after the participants drank a sugary beverage. The team said a previous study found it was best to use the whole mulberry extract rather than an isolated component.

Mulberry Extract is More Effective Than Diabetes Drug Glyburide

In the December 2001 issue of the International Journal of Clinical Chemistry, researchers tested the effect of powdered white mulberry leaf on patients with type 2 diabetes. A dose of 1 gram administered three times a day for four weeks reduced fasting blood sugar levels 27 percent, while a 5 mg dose of the diabetic medication glyburide reduced the levels only 8 percent.

Live in the Now spoke with Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., Medical Advisory Board Member of Nutritional Magnesium Association, who says, “Mulberry is probably a safer medication for diabetes since glibenclamide and the other sulfonylurea diabetic drugs can cause frequent episodes of hypoglycemia in the elderly by pushing the blood sugar too low.”

As mulberry extract compares favorably with some pharmaceuticals, one wonders why it hasn’t been embraced by allopathic doctors. “Unfortunately doctors do not learn about any alternatives to drugs in medical school,” Dean says. “There are no ‘herb reps’ visiting doctors’ offices touting their benefits; there are only big pharma reps. And doctors are taught that if you didn’t learn about it in med school, it’s not worth knowing or it’s just plain quackery.”

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Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.

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