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Turmeric based herbal supplement as effective as antidiabetic drug

Wed. Dec 7, 2016 (foodconsumer.org) — A new study suggests that a supplement made of Curcuma longa and Eugenia jambolana may be used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus effectively.

The study led by Sadia Saleem Rao and Rahila Najam at University of Karachi in Karachi, Pakistan shows that the supplement treated type 2 diabetes mellitus as effectively as an antidiabetic drug called glibenclamide.

Curcuma longa is known as turmeric in which curcumin is the main active ingredient. Curcumin has been tested and found to be effective in preventing type 2 diabetes mellitus.

A study shows that taking curcumin in a dose of six grams per day for three months prevents pre-diabetes patients from developing diabetes mellitus in 100% patients.

Eugenia jambolana is another herbal medicine that has been tested in many studies for its efficacy in treating diabetes mellitus.

The supplement with Curcuma longa and Eugenia jambolana in a1 to 1 ratio seems to be already used in Pakastan traditionally to treat diabetes mellitus. The study has revealed evidence that this supplement could be indeed effective at managing diabetes mellitus.

For the study, alloxan induced diabetic rats were orally supplemented with this herbal supplement in a dose of 1082 mg per 70 kg twice a day for six weeks.

The study results show that the combinational herbal supplement significantly reduced both fasting and random plasma glucose levels with HbA1C lowered by 6% compared to the controls. The efficacy of this supplement is similar to that provided by glibenclamide. Glibenclamide is a drug commonly used to manage diabetes mellitus.
Turmeric is one of the hebral supplements anyone can use to prevent or treat many diseases including cancer and Alzheimer’s disease in addition to diabetes mellitus. This spice is amazingly safe to use. (David Liu)

Pak. J. Pharm. Sci., Vol.29, No.1, January 2016, pp.201-204

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