Monday, October 4, 2010

Bonduc as a Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes

Bonduc, also known by its botanical name Caesalpinia bonducella and the English colloquialism nicker nut, is an Indian tree that produces seed pods resembling beans. The "beans" are harvested and dried for use in jewelry, rosaries, and herbal medicine. Bonduc is a widely used folk medicine for diabetes in coastal India.

The research on bonduc is all very preliminary, but it seems to help normalize blood sugar levels in several different ways. It slows the absorption of sugars from digested food, increases insulin sensitivity in the liver, and may stimulate the release of insulin by the pancreas.

The chances of your getting all of these benefits from a capsule of bonduc powder are really slim. It would have to be eaten as a food. If you are in India and you have access to the product, however, it may be a helpful adjunct in managing type 2 diabetes.

Selected Reference:

Chakrabarti S., Biswas T.K., Rokeya B., Ali L., Mosihuzzaman M., Nahar N., Khan A.K., Mukherjee B. Advanced studies on the hypoglycemic effect of Caesalpinia bonducella F. in type 1 and 2 diabetes in Long Evans rats. J. Ethnopharmacol. 2003;84:41–46.

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