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Natural Diabetes Herb (NDH): Salacia oblonga

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Diabetes herb Salacia oblonga is believed to control blood glucose and it has an additional benefit of weight gain inhibitors.

Salacia oblonga - Diabetes herb

Salacia oblongaIndian natives used this diabetes herb to effectively manage their blood glucose level. This is considered as an effective control for type 2 diabetes and beneficial for diabetes 1. It also has been trusted to have positive side effect of having weight gain inhibitor and controls weight gain. The recommended dosage is 1000 mg twice daily. Salacia Oblonga is also believed to lower serum cholesterol, triglycerides and increasing the HDL cholesterol levels of non insulin dependent diabetes patients. This natural herb can be used by diabetes, but it is much useful for those who have both diabetes and cholesterol.

Bioactive constituents of Salacia oblonga
Salacia Oblonga contains two potent a-Glucosidase inhibitors: Salicinol and Kotalanol with unique chemical structures from the active fractions together with several known phenolic compounds, new sesquiterpenes (salasols A and B) and triterpenes (kotalagenin 16-acetate, salasones A-E, salaquinones A and B). Furthermore, S. reticulata and its phenolic constituents were found to exhibit pancreatic lipase inhibitory and anti-obese effects.

Hypoglycemic action mechanisms

Salacia oblonga herb is native to India and Sri Lanka. Salacia oblonga binds to intestinal enzymes alpha-glucosidases that break down carbohydrates into glucose in the body. If this enzyme binds to the Salacia oblonga herb extract rather than to carbohydrate, then carbohydrates break down is affected thus less glucose gets into the blood stream, resulting in lowered blood glucose.

Scientific evidence of Salacia oblonga

  1. Extract of Salacia oblonga lowers acute glycemia in patients with type 2 diabetes.Authors: Williams JA, Choe YS, Noss MJ, Baumgartner CJ, Mustad VA. Institute:Ross Products Division of Abbott Laboratories, Columbus, OH 43215, USA.Conclusion: The extract of the diabetes herb Salacia oblonga lowers acute glycemia and insulinemia in persons with type 2 diabetes after a high-carbohydrate meal. The results from this study suggest that Salacia may be beneficial to this population for postprandial glucose control.For further information visit Pubmed(National Center for Biotechnology Information).
  2. Salacia oblonga improves cardiac fibrosis and inhibits postprandial hyperglycemia in obese Zucker rats. Authors: Li Y, Peng G, Li Q, Wen S, Huang TH, Roufogalis BD, Yamahara J. Institute: Herbal Medicines Research and Education Center, Faculty of Pharmacy A15, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. Conclusion:Postprandial hyperglycemia plays an important role in the development of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular complications. Diabetes herb Salacia oblonga demonstrated a strong inhibition of alpha-glucosidase activity in vitro, which is suggested to contribute to the improvement of postprandial hyperglycemia. For further information visit Pubmed (National Center for Biotechnology Information).

Salacia oblonga dosage
General dosage for the diabetes herb Salacia oblonga is 2.5 to 5.0 grams daily of the whole herb, or a comparable amount as extract. The root and bark are the part of the plant used.

Salacia oblonga safety
Diabetes herb Salacia oblonga is believed to be relatively safe. In human studies, the primary side effects seen are identical to the side effects of standard alpha-glucosidase inhibitors: gas and cramping.

Natural diabetes herbs treatment procedure

The above mentioned herbals are believed to be effective in the treatment of type 2 diabetes with out any major known side effects. Herbs are more effective if taken in combination instead of a single herb. Don’t give up your diabetes allopathic medications, take the above herbs along with it till the glucose level in blood reaches normal. Then slowly reduce the dosage of the allopathic medicine and finally discard if possible. Fortype 1 diabetes the above herbs can be taken along with insulin therapy, in due coarseinsulin shots requirement may be reduced.

Are natural diabetes herbs safe?

Remember that herbs are medicines, so it too has some side effects. Herbs can also interact with other medicines you are taking. It is best to get registered herbal practitioner's advice before taking herbs, if the treatment is for pregnant women, breast-feeding mother, child or older people.



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