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Abscisic Acid From Fig Fruit Extract May Help With Blood Sugar Levels



Abscisic acid (ABA) is one of the main five classes of plant hormones. ABA helps plants react to unfavorable conditions. A new study has found that ABA from fig fruit extract may help people maintain healthy blood sugar levels.





Ten healthy adults with normal glucose tolerance participated in the study.  On separate occasions, participants consumed 4 test beverages containing 100 mg FFEx50, 200 mg FFEx50, 600 mg FFEx10, or 1200 mg FFEx10 of fig fruit extract, and a control drink. The test beverages contained one of two ABA concentrations, FFEx10 or FFEx50. Postprandial glucose levels and insulin response were evaluated at regular intervals over the course of 2 hours after consumption of the beverages.





Consumption of the 200 mg and 1200 mg fig fruit extract beverages resulted in lower peak plasma concentrations at 30 minutes compared to the control drink. All 4 of the fig fruit extract beverages resulted in significantly lower insulin concentrations at 30 minutes compared to the control beverage. They also significantly improved glycemic index levels compared to the control beverage. The glycemic index indicates how quickly and efficiently the body can metabolize a carbohydrate meal.





The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Sydney. It was published on July 31, 2019 in the journal Nutrients.


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