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Cashew Seed Extract Shows Promise As Diabetes Treatment

July 5, 2010: 07:43 AM EST
A study by Canadian researchers has found that cashew seed extract could prove to be an effective therapeutic for diabetes by helping the body’s cells respond to its own insulin. The scientific team examined the impact on cells that respond to insulin of leaves, bark, seeds and apples of cashew trees, found in northeastern Brazil and other countries of the southern hemisphere. Only cashew seed extract significantly stimulated blood sugar absorption by muscle cells, researchers said, noting that their findings “validate the traditional use of cashew tree products in diabetes and point to some of its natural components that can serve to create new oral therapies."
Leonard Tedong, Padma Madiraju, Louis C. Martineau, Diane Vallerand, John T. Arnason, Dzeufiet D. P. Desire, Louis Lavoie, Pierre Kamtchouing and Pierre S. Haddad, "Hydro-ethanolic extract of cashew tree (Anacardium occidentale) nut and its principal compound, anacardic acid, stimulate glucose uptake in C2C12 muscle cells", Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, July 05, 2010, © John Wiley & Sons, Inc
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