Restoring Diabetic Pancreas

An anti-memory loss herb defuses toxins

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Woman under yellow gingko tree

The extract of the leaves of Ginkgo biloba, a dietary supplement used for memory and cognitive function, and magnetized water offer “restorative” benefits in fighting Type 2 diabetes, according to a study in the journal Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy.

In the study, Type 2 Diabetes was induced by feeding rats a high-fat diet for eight weeks followed by injection of a single low dose of streptozotocin, an anti-cancer agent that is toxic to the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas in mammals. The beta cells of diabetic rats were reduced and insulin secretion curtailed.

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Pancreatic Beta Cells and Insulin

But, after having Ginkgo biloba and magnetized water added to their diets, the mass of the pancreatic beta cells and the amount of insulin in these cells was shown to increase markedly, almost back to normal levels. Further, antioxidant status was increased, while oxidative stress and damage to pancreatic cells decreased.

“In diabetic rats Ginkgo biloba had a very good effect on the beta cells of Langerhans—cells in the pancreas responsible for insulin secretion—by creating a restorative effect similar to what we see in healthy non-diabetic rats,” says co-author Helal Fouad Hetta, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow and scientist in the University of Cincinnati Division of Digestive Diseases.

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“The extracts derived from Ginkgo biloba have been frequently used in traditional medicine and have been shown to exhibit antioxidant potency,” says Hetta. “Magnetized water, which has been passed through a magnetic field, has also been reported to reduce blood glucose, improve antioxidant status, and lipid profiles in diabetic rat models.

“We still need more evidence about possible benefits for Type 2 diabetes so there is ongoing research. Our findings need to be tested in human clinical trials of large sample size.”

Reference Ahmed Saleh, Mamdouh M. Anwar, Ahmed E Zayed, Manal El Sayed Ezz Eldeen, Gamal Afifi, Hassien M. Alnashiri, Asmaa M.S Gomaa, Mahmoud Abd-Elkareem, Alaa Sayed Abou-Elhamd, Emad S. Shaheen, Ghada A Mohamed, Helal F Hetta, Ahmed M Kotb. Impact of Ginkgo biloba extract and magnetized water on the survival rate and functional capabilities of pancreatic β-cells in type 2 diabetic rat model. Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy, 2019; Volume 12: 1339 DOI: 10.2147/DMSO.S209856
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