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Hibiscus: A Natural Anti-inflammatory

March 11, 2011

The anti-inflammatory activities of the isolated compounds from Hibuscus inhibited the production of nitric oxide and tumor necrosis factor-α.  See Nhiem et al for more information.

High levels of Nitric Oxide (NO) result in  tissue damage and can lead vascular collapse (septic shock), higher levels of NO are associated with various carcinomas and inflammatory conditions.  NO is a signalling molecule found in the bodies’ cells.

Unregulated TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor, a biochemical or cytokine produced by the body) is known to be the basis of various inflammatory and auto-immune diseases.  TNF inhibitors could therefore be useful then in the treatment of  various conditions.  Natural compounds with anti-inflamatory properties seem to be useful in mediating TNF production.

Hibuscus petals are used in the production of the Innorbit infusions: Young & Fun, Calm & Relax, Slim & Fit, Up & Go.

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