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Latest Health Benefits research: The Wise Herb Company Herbs

August 5, 2012

In traditional Indian medicine fruits, seeds, leaves, root, bark and flowers of various commonly known herbal plants are used. The Wise Herb Company uses these ingredients in various proportions with Green Tea to make their healthy natural infusions (CALM&RELAX, SLIM&FIT, UP&GO, YOUNG&FUN) and Energy Shots ()

There is a bonus, it seems, drinking these herbal mixes – apart from the Ayurvedic health benefit!  Modern science is slowly catching up with the old ways and it seems these herbs have some other useful Health beneifts e.g. diabetes, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer and Cardiovascular Health etc. We have summarised the very latest research below.

Diabetes:

The hypoglycemic and antioxidants effects of extracts of the leaves of Amla (Emblica officinalis) was studied by Nain et al in an animal model study.

Oral administration of the Amla extract demonstrated a significant decrease in fasting blood glucose and increase in insulin level.

 

The results clearly suggest that Emblica officinalis may normalize impaired antioxidant status iand help to protect against lipid peroxidation by scavenging of free radicals and reducing the risk of diabetic complications.

Hibiscus, amongst other plants, was investigated by Adisakwattana et al was quantified with respect to intestinal alpha-glucosidase (maltase and sucrase) inhibition and pancreatic alpha-amylase inhibition by glucose oxidase method and dinitrosalicylic (DNS) reagent, respectively. The data suggests useful development opportunities of functional foods using these types of herbs for treatment and prevention of diabetes.

In previous studies Cinnamon polyphenols have been shown to improve glucose, insulin, and lipid metabolism and improve inflammation in human studies. However, little is known of the effects of an aqueous cinnamon extract on the regulation of genes and signaling pathways related to intestinal metabolism. The aim of the study by Qin et al was to investigate the effects of a cinnamon on the primary intestinal absorptive cells in an animal model system.

These data from this experiment suggest that Cinnamon extracts can regulate genes associated with insulin sensitivity, inflammation, and cholesterol/lipogenesis metabolism amongst other potential health benefits and supports previous studies that cinnamon can improve insulin use.

Anti-Cancer / Anti-Tumour:

A study by Silva et al uses various gingerols (components of Ginger) to study the inhibition of human fibroblasts cell proliferation.

The research demonstrate specific anti-proliferative activities against tumor cells, suggesting their use as important models for drug design in an attempt to develop new compounds with fewer side effects when compared to conventional chemotherapy.

Garcinia is used extensively in India as a condiment and is also known to help control weight and avoid obesity.  In a study by Lu et al, they study the mechanisms underlying the inhibitory effect of Gambogic Acid (a component of Garcinia) on TNF-α-induced metastasis of human prostate cancer cells.

Gambogic Acid inhibits TNF-α-induced invasion of PC3 cells via inactivation of the PI3K/Akt and NF-κB signaling pathways, which may offer a novel approach for the treatment of human prostate cancer.  

A case-control study was conducted to evaluate the role of adult diet on nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) in Taiwan by Hsu et al between July 1991 and December 1994 . The study suggest that certain adult dietary patterns which included Green Tea consumption might protect against the development of NPC. 

Cardiovascular Health:

Acute and chronic inflammation play a critical role in the development of various diseases, including cardiovascular disease. We have seen before how Green Tea polyphenols possess potent antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties that contribute to the beneficial effects on heart health. In this study by Bornhoeft et al, they demonstrated that Green Tea extract decreased several cardiovascular risk factors, including body composition, dyslipidemia, inflammatory status, and antioxidant capacity, in rats fed an atherogenic diet. This study supports Green Tea as an effective dietary component for sustaining cardiovascular health.

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