Monday, July 7, 2008

Herbal Remedy Pau d'Arco (Tabebuia impetiginosa) may reduce Obesity

Herbal Remedy Reduces Obesity And Heart Disease?:
"ScienceDaily (July 8, 2008)
With unprecedented levels of obesity across the Western world, and incidence of associated heart disease, cancer and diabetes rising, there is a major drive to find new treatments. Scientists from Germany have recently discovered that extracts of a traditional herbal remedy derived from Tabebuia impetiginosa can act to delay the absorption of dietary fat in animal models...Dr Roos and his team have shown that Tabebuia extract can reduce levels of triglycerides, a breakdown product of fat, in rats after they have been fed a fatty meal. "This result shows the extract may have a potential use in treating obesity,"...Although it is clear that Tabebuia extract can act to inhibit the absorption of dietary fat, the scientists have not yet identified the exact compounds within the extract that are responsible for the effects."

If you buy
Pau d'Arco make sure you are buying it from a sustainable source. The tree is in danger and the rampant logging of the tree has also aided in rainforest destruction... so choose carefully. Nature's Way claims to be good on these counts. I have no connection with them.

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