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Rich in valuable nutrients, the fleshy leaves of purslane are appreciated as a culinary ingredient worldwide. Purslane also has a long tradition of medicinal use. In Near Eastern folk medicine the plant is treasured for its anti-diabetic properties.
Purslane has been used as a remedy for a variety of ailments such as head and stomach ache or urinary discomfort in different parts of the world. It was also treasured as a blood purifying remedy.
Evidence from in-vivo studies confirms that the purslane herb positively affects blood glucose metabolism as shown by the following findings: Decreased blood glucose, free fatty acids and body weight. Increased serum insulin and insulin sensitivity. Improved glucose tolerance as well as lipid metabolism.
The purslane herb extract normalized blood glucose in individuals with elevated levels in an observational study over 5 weeks.
The extract significantly reduced the concentration of glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c) compared to placebo in responding patients in a placebo controlled, randomized clinical study in 63 type 2 diabetics taking blood glucose lowering medication for 12 weeks.
Portusana® significantly decreased the transport of glucose from the intestine into the blood stream in Caco-2 cells, a widely used model to study the intestinal absorption of compounds.
Portusana® stimulated the uptake of glucose from the blood into fat cells in a dose-dependent way, therefore mediating an effect similar to that of insulin, helping the body to lower blood glucose levels.
Type of extract: Powder
Dosage: 180 mg extract/day
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