This sounds more interesting than the newest drugs being advertised with their horrific side effects. So eat your way to good health, first pumpkin then cinnamon and add some garlic and an apple!!
Garry F. Gordon MD,DO,MD(H)
President, Gordon Research Institutehttp://www.gordonresearch.comhttp://www.medaus.com
The humble pumpkin could end the need for people with diabetes to have insulin injections.
Compounds found in the vegetable could potentially replace or drastically cut the daily number of injections for diabetics, a new study published yesterday in the journal Chemistry and Industry suggests.
Research showed that pumpkin extract promotes regeneration of damaged pancreatic cells in diabetic rats, boosting levels of insulin-producing beta cells and insulin in the blood.
A group at East China Normal University found diabetic rats fed the extract had only 5per cent less plasma insulin and 8per cent fewer insulin-positive (beta) cells than healthy rats.
Research leader Tao Xia said: "Pumpkin extract is potentially a very good product for pre-diabetic persons, as well as those who already have diabetes."
Insulin injections would probably still be necessary but the extract would seriously reduce the amount of insulin they had to take, he added.
David Bender, sub-dean at the Royal Free and University College Medical School in London, told the journal: "This research is very exciting.
"The main finding is that feeding pumpkin extract prevents the progressive destruction of pancreatic beta-cells ... but it is impossible to say whether pumpkin extract would promote regeneration in humans. I think the exciting thing is that this may be a source of medication that could be taken by mouth."
The protective effect of pumpkin is thought to be due to antioxidants and D-chiroinositol, a molecule that mediates insulin activity.
Diabetes is estimated to affect more than 230 million people, almost 6 per cent of the world's population, according to the World Diabetes Foundation.
The rats used in the study represented type I diabetes.