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Cashew Seed Extract Shows Promise as an Anti-diabetic
27 Jul, 2010
Posted by: Natural Medicine In: Natural Healthcare | Supplements and Herbs
Cashew seed extract shows promise as an effective anti-diabetic, according to a new study from the University of Montreal (Canada) and the Université de Yaoundé (Cameroun). The study is published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research.
For the study, researchers analyzed the health benefits of cashew tree products on diabetes , notably whether cashew extracts could improve the body’s response to its own insulin.
Diabetes is caused when a person has high blood sugar because their body does not respond well to insulin and/or does not produce enough of the hormone. The illness, which affects nearly 220 million people worldwide, can provoke heart or kidney disease. The goal of the study was to examine the impact of leaves, bark, seeds and apples from cashew trees, native to northeastern Brazil and other countries of the southern hemisphere, on cells that respond to insulin.
“Of all the extracts tested, only cashew seed extract significantly stimulated blood sugar absorption by muscle cells,” says senior author Pierre S. Haddad, a pharmacology professor at the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Medicine. “Extracts of other plant parts had no such effect, indicating that cashew seed extract likely contains active compounds, which can have potential anti-diabetic properties.”
Cashew tree products have long been alleged to be...
Olive Leaf Extract May Help Metobolic Stress of High Calorie Diet
Posted in: Herbs | Nutrition
Food when consumed in excess is harmful to your metabolism. Excess consumption of fat and carbohydrates rapidly leads to cardiovascular malfunction, liver malfunction, and numerous metabolic changes associated with easy weight gain and disease risk. An animal study shows that the powerful antioxidant in olive leaf extract known as oleuropein may be protective against the onset of many of these health issues.
Nature has provided many options to assist you with your metabolism. A diet rich in antioxidants is vital to healthy metabolism, especially if you are overweight.
In the study rats were fed a high carbohydrate and high fat diet for 16 weeks, compared to a control diet. Starting at 8 weeks half of the rats in each group were also given high polyphenol olive leaf extract (high in oleuropein).
At 16 weeks the high carbohydrate, high fat rats had developed serious signs of metabolic disease from the excess calories. There problems included an increase in abdominal fat, and increase in liver fat, cardiac stiffness, increased markers of free radical damage, altered lipids, insulin resistance, and high blood pressure. These are the typical signs of what has become known in humans as the metabolic syndrome.