Traditional Indian Ayurvedic Herb Salacia Reticulata May Help Combat Diabetes
An ayurvedic herb (herbs used in traditional Indian medicine) called salacia reticulata root bark extract has been found to help prevent pre-diabetes from becoming diabetes by lowering LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and fasting blood sugar levels.
Participants in the study included 29 individuals with pre-diabetes and mild to moderate hyperlipidemia (too many lipids or fats in the blood). Over the course of 6 weeks they took either 500mg of the salacia reticulata extract or a placebo.
The researchers took blood samples at the onset, week 3, and week 6 of the study. They found that the extract group had reductions in LDL cholesterol levels and fasting blood sugar levels at both week 3 and week 6, while the placebo group only showed changes at week 6.
The researchers believe that these positive effects were due to the presence of the a-glucosidase inhibitor ingredient found in salacia. A-glucosidase inhibitors prevent the digestion of carbohydrates and reduce their impact on blood sugar.
Researchers from Olive Biosciences R&D department conducted the study. It was published on June 16, 3013, in the Journal of Medicinal Food.
Salacia has been used in folk remedies to treat diabetic symptoms for centuries. It has also been used to treat asthma, itchiness, joint pain, obesity, and menstrual problems.