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June 6, 2006

Chinese remedy 'treats diabetes'

Topics: Health Issues

A US team of researchers has found that a chemical from a gardenia fruit (Gardenia jasminoides) extract used in Chinese medicine for centuries to treat adult onset diabetes is effective. They believe that their findings could lead to the development of new drugs, which would offer a significant advance in treating the disease since there is currently no available therapy that targets the underlying causes of the disease in insulin-producing cells.

Also of interest is the fact that Gardenia jasminoides fruit extract has antiangiogenic properties, which means it may also have applications in cancer and macular degeneration .

Definition: Anti-angiogenic refers to a naturally occurring substance, drug, or other compound that can destroy or interfere with the fine network of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow and metastasize.

Posted by Richard at June 6, 2006 11:53 PM

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