The sausage tree, which was given its name due to the sausage-like appearance of its fruit, is a plant native to the tropical regions of Africa. This plant has many different applications such as in the production of beer and traditional African medicine. Its different parts have long been used as herbal remedies for various conditions including fungal infections, boils, pneumonia, and diabetes.
Previous studies also determined that the fruit of this plant, specifically, has activities against fungi, bacteria, ulcers, and inflammation. These therapeutic applications of the fruit are possible because of the different bioactive compounds present, which includes phenylpropanoid derivatives, flavonoids, glycosides, alkaloids, terpenoids, tannins, and saponins. Additionally, the powdered form of sausage tree fruit is commercially sold as a remedy for diabetes. However, there are limited studies regarding its hypoglycemic potential.
In this study, which was published in the African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, the researchers determined the ability of sausage tree fruit to reduce blood sugar levels through an in vivo experiment done in male albino rats. The test subjects were induced to exhibit high blood sugar levels through the administration of dexamethasone, and then they were subjected to treatment with the fruit powder. Additionally, the team also administered some rats with the conventional antidiabetic medication metformin to help gauge its potential as an alternative remedy.
From this experiment, the researchers found that sausage tree fruit powder significantly lowers blood glucose level. Moreover, they observed that its effects were comparable to metformin. This means that it has the potential to replace conventional antidiabetic medications, which is great because many of them exhibit side effects. Examples of complications that can arise due to metformin and other drugs for diabetes include liver disease, weight gain, extremely low sugar levels, diarrhea, and heartburn.
Overall, these results prove that with further studies, sausage tree fruit can be used as a natural alternative to harmful antidiabetic medications. (Related: Use of most-prescribed diabetes drug, metformin, during pregnancy found to increase risk of obesity in the child.)
If you're looking for natural antidiabetic treatments that are more accessible than the sausage tree fruit, then you can opt to use any of the following since these are already backed by scientific evidence.
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