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Antioxidant Shown to be Effective in the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes, Study Concludes

An Iranian study published in Phytotherapy Research has shown an antioxidant extracted from milk thistle seeds known as Silybum marianum (silymarin) -to be effective in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Its flavolignans may also shield the liver.

The study involved a group of 51 patients who had type 2 diabetes for at least two years. During the trial, traditional oral hypoglycemic treatments were administered to every person in the group and they were examined on a monthly basis. Roughly half of the participants were given 200 milligrams of silymarin three times daily for four months, while the other half was given a placebo.

A significant reduction in glycosylated hemoglobin (sugar bound to hemoglobin in the blood), fasting blood glucose levels, and an insignificant decrease in blood lipids was evident in the treatment group. Conversely, in the placebo group, fasting blood glucose levels and glycosylated hemoglobin levels increased significantly.

Lead author Fallah Huseini of the Institute of Medicinal Plants, Tehran, Iran says: “We don’t know the exact mechanism of action for this effect, but this work shows that silymarin could play an important role in treating type 2 diabetes.”

Frank Mangano’s commentary:

When compared to the prescription medications given to people with diabetes, silymarin seems to be more effective at controlling blood sugar.

Aside from that, rather than damaging the liver like prescriptions med’s, silymarin actually protects it.

Silymarin has also been shown to be beneficial in protecting the kidneys, treating acne and it may inhibit hepatic synthesis of cholesterol and reduce blood lipids, as shown in vitro, animal studies, and human trials.

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