Vol. 3, Issue 1, Part A (2021)
Antidiabetic herbal plants: A review
Anap Vidya Ravindra
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder where in human body does not produce or properly uses insulin, a hormone that is required to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy. Diabetes results in abnormal levels of glucose in the bloodstream. Herbal plants are very common in use in our day to day life. Either as a nutrient or as a source of food these herbs are being consumed by the patient as well as healthy person. Easy availability, raw consumption, least side effects and low cost makes the herbal preparations the king of all available therapies. Diabetes and herbs have got a long relation from the past. Thus, plants are a potential source of anti-diabetic drugs which can be proved by the ethnobotanical information reports about 800 plants that may possess anti-diabetic potential. Hyperglycemia-mediated oxidative stress plays a major role in the development of diabetic complications. Medicinal plants with their plant parts reported to possess antidiabetic activity. This study evaluated the beneficial effects over the diabetes mellitus.
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