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Salacia Oblonga Controls Blood Sugar

An herb native in the regions of India and Sri Lanka was found to have properties that can control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes, researchers report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The traditional Indian herb Salacia oblonga was found to lower blood sugars by 23 percent and insulin responses by 29 percent. The herb was found to reduce post-meal blood sugar levels in this study involving 66 men and women with type 2 diabetes.

“The extract of Salacia oblonga lowers acute glycemia and insulinemia in persons with type 2 diabetes after a high-carbohydrate meal,” according to the researchers. They add that the herb works similar to alpha-glucosidase inhibitors, and therefore suggest that Salacia may be beneficial to the diabetic population for postmeal glucose control.

The study, which evaluated the effect of two doses (240 and 480 mg) of Salacia oblonga on blood glucose and insulin levels, showed that both doses of the herb significantly lowered the postprandial glucose response by 14 and 22 percent for the 240 mg and 480 mg, respectively. It was also found that the 240 mg dose lowered the participants’ postmeal insulin response by 14 percent, while the 480 mg dose lowered it by 19 percent.

Results of the study support previous similar findings from a study conducted by researchers from the Ohio State University.

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