Thursday, December 17, 2009

Herbal Treatment for Diabetes?

Q: Herbal Treatment for Diabetes?
I've heard that some Indian herb can help with diabetes control. Do you know what it is?

A: You're probably referring to Salacia oblonga (or S. oblonga) an herb traditionally used in Indian medicine to help control the increase in blood sugar that follows a meal. A study published in the January 2005 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that a drink made with the herb blunts this effect and also reduces insulin levels. S. oblonga grows in India and Sri Lanka, but is not well known in the United States, and has not been widely researched. Read more...

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