(Natural News) People suffering from diabetes can now turn to natural products to regulate their blood sugar levels, thanks to the recent surge of studies that list the harmful effects of synthetic anti-diabetic drugs. In some cases, patients combine these natural forms for its reported synergistic effects. In a study, published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine, researchers investigated the safety and efficacy of a myrobalan (Terminalia chebula), Indian bdellium-tree (Commiphora mukul), and myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) in treating hyperlipidemia in Type 2 diabetes patients.
The number of people who suffer from Type 2 diabetes outnumbers those who suffer from Type 1 by over 50 percent. Type 2 diabetes is characterized by the development of insulin resistance. Because of this, the body will try to compensate by increasing insulin production, but after some time, the body won’t be able to keep up. This leads to insufficient insulin and high glucose levels.
Many risks have been associated with Type 2 diabetes. One of these is a condition called diabetic dyslipidemia. People with this condition experience reduced levels of the good high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and increased levels of the bad low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, which are associated with insulin resistance. The problematic lipid profile of patients with diabetic dyslipidemia increases their risk of developing coronary heart disease, stroke, and atherosclerosis.
In Iran, traditional medicine composed of myrobalan, Indian bdellium-tree, and myrrh has been used for treating diabetes. Individually, these components have been shown to have their own medicinal benefits. Indian bdellium-tree has been proven effective against hyperlipidemia while myrobalan and myrrh have the ability to regulate glucose levels. Using these herbs together can, therefore, produce medicine with potential for regulating blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
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For this study, a clinical trial with 86 participants and spanning a period of three months was conducted to test the effects of a capsule with myrobalan, Indian bdellium-tree, and myrrh on blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Participants were limited to women aged 40 to 60 years old with hyperlipidemic Type 2 diabetes.
The researchers initially determined the phytochemicals present in the individual components the capsule. They were able to observe that myrobalan had a total phenolic content of 18 mg/g. Meanwhile, the major compounds they found in Indian bdellium-tree and myrrh were 3Z-cembrene A and furanoeudesma-1,3-diene, respectively. Previous studies have shown that furanoeudesma-1,3-diene, along with other compounds in myrrh, can reduce glucose levels. Additionally, all three plants were also shown to have antioxidant effects brought about by their phytochemical content, which could improve lipid and glucose metabolism.
After the three month-period, blood samples were acquired from each participant and tested for different parameters, including glucose, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. The researchers were able to observe significant improvements for these parameters, except for triglyceride levels. Additionally, no adverse side effects were observed on the liver, kidney, and any other part of the body.
The results of the study show that the combination of myrobalan, Indian bdellium-tree, and myrrh effectively lowers blood glucose levels while maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. These all happened without causing any adverse effects. From these, it can be determined that these herbs can be used as a safe and effective treatment for hyperlipidemic type 2 patients, adding to the long list of herbs proven effective against diabetes. (Related: Nutritional analysis PROVES the effectiveness of herbal medicine in treating diabetes.)
Type 2 diabetes complications
Aside from increasing the risk of coronary heart diseases, Type 2 diabetes can also cause the following complications:
- Nerve damage – The presence of excess sugar can damage blood vessels for the nerves. This causes numbness or pain, as well as digestion problems and erectile dysfunction.
- Kidney damage – Damage on blood vessels can also lead to impaired filtering function of the kidney. If damage becomes too severe, the patient might need dialysis or a kidney transplant.
- Alzheimer’s – Although the reason for the connection between the two remains unclear, studies have shown that poor regulation of blood sugar level can increase the risk for Alzheimer’s.
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