Is it possible that one single supplement can cure type 2 diabetes?
A supplement that’s available in all health food stores!
Yes, says a new study published in the journal Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy.
Traditional medicine often makes use of ginkgo biloba supplements, but their use in modern medicine is often laughed off as an ineffective fad.
A new study has just concluded that they might be effective in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, published in the journal Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy.
In this study, the scientists first produced type 2 diabetes in a group of 40 rats, by feeding them a high-fat diet for eight weeks before injecting them with a low dose of streptozotocin, a substance that destroys insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas.
They then divided the rats into four groups:
– a control group without diabetes,
– a diabetic group treated with nothing,
– a diabetic group treated with a ginkgo biloba leaf extract, and
– a diabetic group treated with magnetic water.
Needless to say, the diabetic group treated with nothing remained sick.
But even though the researchers expected the groups treated with ginkgo biloba and magnetic water to improve, they were stunned when they noticed the size of the effect.
The pancreatic beta cells in these two groups started increasing in mass and in their ability to produce insulin. The ginkgo-biloba-treated rats, especially, displayed such an improvement in pancreatic beta-cell function that their pancreatic beta cells almost resembled the cells of the rats without diabetes…
…meaning: you could say these rats were cured!
Both the treatments also reduced oxidative stress and oxidative damage caused by diabetes to pancreatic cells.
But results for rats and results for humans always differ a little. And although human studies have proved ginkgo biloba effective, it’s only a part of the type 2 diabetes cure puzzle.