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  • Scientists examine the effects of a curcumin blend on arthritis patients Friday July 20th, 2018

    (Natural News) Armenian researchers investigated the synergy of boswellic acid and curcumin in the treatment of osteoarthritis patients. They reported that a supplemental blend of boswellic acid and curcumin was more effective in relieving the painful symptoms of the disease than turmeric-derived curcumin alone.

    The study was supported by the Yerevan State Medical University of Armenia and the Erebouni Medical Center. Its findings were published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

    • The study involved 201 patients who suffered from osteoarthritis. The age of the participants ranged from 40 to 70 years.

    • Participants took either a placebo, 333 milligrams (mg) of curcuminoid supplements, or a blend of 350 mg curcuminoids and 150 mg boswellic acid, thrice a day. The treatment period lasted for 12 weeks.

    • Various tests measured the capacity of patients to perform physical functions, the limitations of their physical functions, the pain in their joints, the stiffness they felt in the morning, and their overall appraisal of their own conditions.

    • Both curcumin and the boswellic acid-curcumin blend were able to relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis. The curcumin supplement was shown to be more effective than the placebo during the physical performance tests, while the boswellic acid and curcumin mixture improved the joint paint index as well as the physical performance.

    • The effect size of the boswellic acid-curcumin blend group was better than that of the curcumin-only treatment group. Both treatments were also determined to be safe with few adverse effects.

    The researchers concluded that combining curcumin with boswellic acid increases its effectiveness as a treatment method for osteoarthritis.

    Read the full text of the study at this link.

    More articles about the healing properties of curcumin can be found at Turmeric.news.

    Journal reference

    Haroyan A, Mukuchyan V, Mkrtchyan N, Minasyan N, Gasparyan S, Sargsyan A, Narimanyan M, Hovhannisyan A. EFFICACY AND SAFETY OF CURCUMIN AND ITS COMBINATION WITH BOSWELLIC ACID IN OSTEOARTHRITIS: A COMPARATIVE, RANDOMIZED, DOUBLE-BLIND, PLACEBO-CONTROLLED STUDY. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2018;18(1). DOI: 10.1186/s12906-017-2062-z

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  • The welsh onion can combat the effects of a high-fat diet Friday July 20th, 2018

    (Natural News) More than just a cooking ingredient, Welsh onion (Allium fistulosum) has been used as a traditional medicine for treating colds, influenza, abdominal pain, headache, and heart disease. Research has yet discovered another health benefit of this superfood. In the study, published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers revealed that it could also fight against the adverse effects of a high-fat diet.

    Researchers at the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine looked at the effects of ethanolic and aqueous extracts of Welsh onion on body weight and other obesity-associated parameters in mice. There were four groups of mice: a standard control group, a high-fat diet control group, and high-fat diet groups treated with an herbal weight-loss supplement called garcinia cambogia containing either aqueous Welsh onion extract or ethanolic Welsh onion extract. The treatment lasted for six weeks.

    The researchers then measured the mice’s body weight and obesity-associated parameters, such as liver and fat weight, adipocyte size, serum lipid profiles, liver expression of adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK), and fat expression of uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2).

    AMPK is a cellular energy sensor that contributes to energy homeostasis, stimulating catabolic pathways, such as glucose transport and fatty acid β-oxidation, and inhibiting anabolic pathways such as fatty acid, cholesterol, and protein synthesis; while UCP2 is a mitochondrion inner membrane transporter that promotes fatty acid oxidation in fat and reduces body weight.

    Based on the results, researchers observed that the aqueous and ethanolic Welsh onion extracts contain naturally-occurring flavonoid compounds ferulic acid and quercetin.

    These are reported to suppress body weight, fat buildup, and hyperlipidemia in obese mice by boosting antioxidant activities. The Welsh onion extract treatments dramatically reduced body weight, fat, and liver weight, and fat buildup in mice fed with a high-fat diet.

    In addition, they found that the Welsh onion extracts substantially improved the high-fat-diet-induced changes in serum leptin and insulin-like growth factor 1 levels, liver expression of AMPK, and adipose tissue expression of UCP2. The Welsh onion extracts also increased high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and adiponectin levels, while the ethanolic Welsh onion extract solely improved the total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.

    The researchers, therefore, concluded that the extracts of Welsh onion could potentially be used as functional food material or a therapeutic agent for treating obesity and the adverse effects of high-fat diets.

    More on Welsh onion

    Welsh onion also goes by the names Japanese bunching onion, green onion, salad onion, scallions, spring onion, and bunching onion. Native to China, this plant does not have bulbs but instead has hollow leaves and scapes. It has a milder taste compared to the regular onion and can also be cooked or eaten raw. Moreover, it provides many health benefits, which includes the following.

    • Lowers the risk of cancer – Welsh onion is an excellent source of sulfur, which is beneficial for overall health. It contains compounds, such as allyl sulfide and flavonoids, that prevent cancer and combat the enzymes that produce cancer cells. Thus, adding Welsh onions to your daily diet can help reduce cancer risk.

    • Reduces blood sugar level – The sulfur content of this plant also contributes to the regulation of blood sugar level by enhancing the body’s ability to make insulin. In turn, this helps prevent diabetes.

    • Aids in digestion – Because of its high fiber content, it can aid in digestion. (Related: Onion extract naturally improves blood sugar and cholesterol levels.)

    • Supports vision – Its carotenoid content helps keep the vision healthy. It is also packed with vitamin A which helps prevent loss of eyesight.

    • Fights against cold and flu – Welsh onions contain antibacterial and antiviral properties, which makes them a great medicine for fighting against viruses and flu. These also help in decreasing excess mucus and preventing winter cold.

    Read more news stories and studies on Welsh onions and other natural medicines by going to AlternativeMedicine.news.

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  • Science: Extract of the blue pea flower can keep your blood sugar levels stable after meals Friday July 20th, 2018

    (Natural News) Blue pea (Clitoria ternatea L.), a natural food colorant that contains anthocyanin, has been known to exhibit antioxidant and antihyperglycemic activity. In a study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the effects of blue pea flower extracts on postprandial plasma glycemia response and antioxidant status were investigated.

    • Fifteen healthy men aged between 22 and 40 years old with a body mass index in the range of 18.5 to 22.9 kilograms per square meter (kg/m2) were recruited for the study.

    • The participants were randomly assigned to consume one of the five drinks: 50 g of sucrose in 400 milliliters (mL) of water; 1 g of blue pea flower extract in 400 mL of water; 2 g of blue pea flower extract in 400 mL of water; 50 g sucrose and 1 g blue pea flower extract in 400 mL of water; and 50 g sucrose and 2 g blue pea flower extract in 400 mL of water.

    • During three hours of administration, researchers measured incremental postprandial plasma glucose, insulin, uric acid, antioxidant capacities, and lipid peroxidation.

    • Thirty minutes after consumption of sucrose with one and 2 grams of blue pea flower extract, the postprandial plasma glucose, and insulin levels were controlled.

    • The two treatments also increased plasma antioxidant capacity, oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC), and Trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity (TEAC), and reduced malondialdehyde (MDA) levels.

    • Consumption of blue pea flower extract protected sucrose-induced reductions in ORAC and TEAC and increase in plasma MDA.

    • Blue pea flower extract alone did not affect glucose and insulin levels, which indicated that ingesting blue pea flower does not produce hypoglycemia in the fasting state as its antihyperglycemic effect is not involved in the insulin-secreting activity.

    Overall, blue pea flower extract consumed with sucrose can improve postprandial glucose, insulin, and antioxidant status.

    Read the full text of the study at this link.

    To read more stories on diabetes factors, read DiabetesScienceNews.com.

    Journal Reference:

    Chusak C, Thilavech T, Henry CJ, Adisakwattana S. ACUTE EFFECT OF CLITORIA TERNATEA FLOWER BEVERAGE ON GLYCEMIC RESPONSE AND ANTIOXIDANT CAPACITY IN HEALTHY SUBJECTS: A RANDOMIZED CROSSOVER TRIAL. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2018; 18(6). DOI: 10.1186/s12906-017-2075-7

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