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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Maca and Diabetes

Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is apparently helpful in treating diabetes, according to a new study. Researchers found that maca decreased levels of very low density lipoprotein (VLDL), low density lipoproteins (LDL), and total cholesterol. Most intriguing was the finding that maca "significantly improved glucose tolerance." People with poor glucose tolerance usually have diabetes or are in a prediabetic state. But maca "lowered levels of glucose in blood." The researchers concluded that "maca seems to be promising for a positive influence on chronic human diseases (characterized by atherogenous lipoprotein profile, aggravated antioxidative status, and impaired glucose tolerance."

Reference
  1. The influence of maca (Lepidium meyenii) on antioxidant status, lipid and glucose metabolism in rat. 2007. Plant Foods Hum Nutr. June. Vecera R, Orolin J, Skottová N, Kazdová L, Oliyarnik O, Ulrichová J, Simánek V. 62(2):59-63. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17333395. Accessed Dec 14, 2008.


1 comment:

butterfly_fairy01 said...

Maca can treat diabetes> My father used it and the result are pretty amazing his glucose and cholesterol is decreased. Thanks to maca powder