Monday, October 4, 2010

Karir for Type 2 Diabetes

Karir or kerda (Capparis decidua) is a low-growing leafless tree found in arid regions in India, especially in Mahabharata state. It bears red flowers and pink berries that are used for pickles, curries, and treating diabetes.

Eating karir fruit may provide antioxidants that help fight insulin resistance--or it may not. The research is not really conclusive. The fruits are, however, tasty and are very unlikely to cause type 2 diabetics to suffer hypoglycemia.

Selected References:

Yadav P., Sarkar S., Bhatnagar D. Lipid peroxidation and antioxidant enzymes in erythrocytes and tissues in aged diabetic rats. Indian J. Exp. Biol. 1997;35:389–392.

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