In India and Bangladesh, there is a very special forest known for its biodiversity. The forest is called the Sundarbans and has been declared a World Heritage Site. It is rich in medicinal plants, not the least of which is a mangrove palm called “Nypa fruticans Wurmb.” If you have any trouble regulating your blood sugar and worry about diabetes becoming a part of your life, you’ll want to read this health news about Nypa fruticans Wurmb.
Researchers at the Department of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, University of Development Alternative, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, have discovered a potentially valuable health breakthrough about this mangrove palm. Traditionally, this tree is well-known by local practitioners who use it treat various health complaints. For their study, the research team investigated the anti-hyperglycemic and pain-relieving potential of a leaf and stem extract of Nypa fruticans Wurmb.
The palm extract was tested on glucose-loaded hyperglycemic mice. The mice were divided into five groups. The first group acted as control, the second group was administered a standard drug called glibenclamide, and the final three groups were given different doses of Nypa fruticans Wurmb extract.
The researchers found that Nypa fruticans Wurmb showed significant anti-hyperglycemic activity on glucose-loaded mice at every dose. They calculated that the maximum anti-hyperglycemic activity was observed at a dose of 500 milligram of extract per kilogram of body weight. This, the research team concluded, was more than what was obtained with the drug glibenclamide at a dose of 10 mg/kg of body weight.
The researchers also determined that the mangrove palm also demonstrated significant pain-relieving activity. They found that the palm extract caused a maximum inhibition of pain at the dose of 600 milligrams/kg of body weight. This result was better than the result obtained with 200 mg of aspirin/kg of body weight. The research team concluded that Nypa fruticans Wurmb has significant anti-hyperglycemic and pain-fighting activity and has great potential as an alternative remedy.
Finding Nypa fruticans Wurmb may be a challenge, but could be well worth the effort. Look for it at your local natural pharmacy or herbal remedy store.