December 2, 2013

Lemon Balm Extract for T2D

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lemonsIt’s investigational  but nonetheless published research thanks to insulin resistant mice and lemon balm extract. Of course, the most important part is the link to the published study in Molecule Nutrition and Food Research.

The rise of conditions such as T2D and obesity have given great reason to further investigate the applicable nature of effective nutraceuticals. In this case, researchers wanted to look closer at the applied science of ethanolic lemon balm leaves.

Lemon balm is an herb that has traditionally been used for a variety of cognitive purposes, most of which improve cognition and reducing = stress and anxiety. It’s found to calm the nerves and to relax the body. Furthermore, in this study it was  found to activate the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs), which have key roles in the regulation of whole body glucose and lipid metabolism.

After a 6 week protocol of feeding lemon balm extract to insulin resistant mice, researchers observed a reduction in blood glucose and insulin resistance, lower blood fats, lower cholesterol and an overall improved blood profile.

The lemon balm extract is a convincing nutaceutical approach to treating the symptoms of metabolic syndrome. If this can prove to reduce the ailments of elevated blood glucose, elevated blood lipids, and cholesterol, bottoms up. Anti-diabetes lemonade, anybody?

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