Monday, October 4, 2010

Bengal Quince as a Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes

The Bengal quince is a fruit tree in the citrus family that is native to India and Southeast Asia as far east as the Fiji Islands. Also known as stone apple, wood apple, bael, and balvi, the quince bears a fruit that is so hard that it has to be cracked open with a hammer. The fruits contain numerous hairy seeds and sticky, aromatic pulp.

The pulp of the Bengal quince is used as a treatment for type 2 diabetes. When eaten with food, it slows the transit of carbohydrates into the intestine, which slows down the release of digested sugars into the bloodstream. If you are an early-stage type 2, and your basic blood sugar issue is not being able to release insulin fast enough to keep your blood sugar levels from soaring after a meal, then this traditional Ayurvedic remedy might be very helpful for you.

If you are type 1 diabetic, you'll still have a problem with rising blood sugar levels, only later, but this may help you manage your sugars when you only have "slow" insulin. Bengal quince is not likely to be very helpful if you are on a meat-based, Atkins-style diet.

Selected Reference:

Karunanayake E.H., Welihinda J., Sirimanne S.R., Sinnadorai G. Oral hypoglycemic activity of some medicinal plants of Sri Lanka. J. Ethnopharmacol. 1984;11:223–231.

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