Inexpensive and easily found in supermarkets, this vegetable could lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and even be useful in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. But what is it? According to the results of a study presented at the 97e annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in San Diego, onion bulb extract could “sharply lower“hyperglycaemia and total cholesterol levels, especially when given at the same time as metformin, an anti-diabetic drug.
“Onion is a cheap and available vegetable and has been used as a nutritional supplement. It has the potential to be used in the treatment of patients with diabetes.”says Anthony Ojieh, lead author of the study and a professor at Delta State University in Abraka, Nigeria.
The researchers conducted tests on rats with medically induced diabetes. They were divided into three groups and received different doses of onion extract (200 mg, 400 mg and 600 mg per kg of body weight) in addition to antidiabetic treatment. Their results were compared with those of non-diabetic rats with normal blood sugar levels who also received the treatment and a dose of onion.
No weight gain in diabetic rats
Among the diabetic rats, those given the highest doses of onion (400 and 600 mg) “greatly reduced” (…)
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