Goji berry may be helpful with non-insulin dependent diabetes

December 20, 2005

In this study Goji berry polysaccharide was fed to rats with diabetes (non-insulin dependent diabetes). The Goji berry, within just 3 weeks caused a significant drop in triglycerides, and markedly decreased cholesterol levels and fasting insulin. The Goji berry markedly decreased postprandial glucose during an oral glucose test and significantly improved insulin sensitivity. The study is published in the December 2005 issue of Yakugaku Zasshi, Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan.

Commentary by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.

At the start of this study the impact of the supplements Green Tea Extract and CLA were not even thought of yet - studies show these both impact weight.

Blueberry, Aronia Berry, and Blackcurrant liquid extracts rich in Anthocyanins may help protect the cardiovascular system

Endothelial cells are the cells that line the entire cardiovascular system from the heart to even the smallest blood vessels (capillaries). Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) is needed for many physiological functions; it is a hormone like substance but unfortunately it tends to be pro-inflammatory. PGE2 contributes to inflammation in the circulatory system and blood vessel damage. In human endothelial cells exposed to oxidizing agents it was found that extracts from anthocyanin rich berries inhibited this function. Blueberry liquid extract, Aronia berry liquid extract, and Blackcurrant liquid extract all if rich in Anthocyanins, inhibited the release of PGE2 in endothelial cells and were antioxidants and anti-inflammatory. The study is published in the September 2005 issue of the Journal of Hygiene Research.