Kigelia has anti-diabetic potential, says research

A study, published in the African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, states that powder derived from the fruit of the sausage tree (Kigelia Africana) serves as an effective remedy against diabetes. The researchers of the study determined the ability of the plant to reduce the levels of blood sugar through an in vivo experiment employing male albino rats.

The sausage tree is given its name due to the sausage-like appearance of its fruit. It is a plant native to the tropical regions of Africa. The respective plant finds extensive use in the production of beer and traditional African medicine. It has long been used to remedy conditions including fungal infections, boils, pneumonia, and diabetes, herbally.

The high costs and increased adverse effects of the prescription drugs have increased public demand for cheaper and safer alternatives like herbal remedies. However, not all natural remedies are effective. Thus, it is crucial to go for the remedies backed with scientific studies.

Studies have determined previously that the fruit of the sausage tree has activities against,

  • Fungi
  • Bacteria
  • Ulcers
  • Inflammation

These therapeutic applications of the fruit are attributed to the bioactive compounds present in the plant including,

  • Phenylpropanoid derivatives
  • Flavonoids
  • Glycosides
  • Alkaloids
  • Terpenoids
  • Tannins
  • Saponins

The powdered form of sausage tree fruit is sold as an anti-diabetic at the commercial level. However, limited studies report the hypoglycemic potential of the fruit.

What does the study say?

For the study, male albino rats were employed as test subjects. They were administered with dexamethasone to exhibit induced-high blood sugar levels. Afterward, they were subjected to treatment with the fruit powder. In addition to this, the team also administered some rats with the common antidiabetic medication like Metformin. This helped the researchers to gauge the fruit’s potential as an alternative remedy.

The results of the study revealed that sausage tree fruit powder significantly lowers blood glucose level with its effects comparable to Metformin. This shows that the fruit powder can potentially replace conventional antidiabetic medications. This is perhaps great news because it will help people avoid various side effects of the prescribed medicines.

Metformin and other related drugs for diabetes include side effects as liver disease, weight gain, extremely low sugar levels, diarrhea, and heartburn.

Concluding the whole story, sausage tree fruit can be used as a natural alternative to harmful antidiabetic medications.

Other natural remedies for hypoglycemia

Some natural antidiabetic treatments that are more accessible than the sausage tree fruit include,

  • Aloe vera
  • Cinnamon
  • Bitter melon

Aloe vera is widely used for skin purposes. However, it is lesser known for its anti-diabetic activity. It significantly reduces blood sugar levels and increases insulin production. In order to reap its benefits, aloe vera juice pulp can be added to drinks or it can be taken as supplements

Cinnamon is used as a sweetener since it adds to the taste. However, it doesn’t increase the sugar found in your food. Moreover, it also reduces blood sugar, insulin levels’ sensitivity, lipid profile, and blood pressure.
Bitter melon, a medicinal fruit, has long been proven effective against diabetes.

Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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