New research published in the Nutrition Journal concludes that extracts from the two tropical plants may
The research for this article was based on an eight week study. More research and a larger test group are needed to determine maximum effective dosages. Prelimary conclusions are that the leaf extracts had positive effects on glucose and lipid levels and are safe for use in humans.
This study is important because in 2010, the World Health Organization reported that 347 million people worldwide had diabetes. This number is expected to increase to 439 million adults by 2030.
For more see:
Douglas S Kalman, Howard I Schwartz, Samantha Feldman and Diane R Krieger. "Efficacy and safety of Elaeis guineensis and Ficus deltoidea leaf extracts in adults with pre-diabetes," Nutrition Journal 2013, 12:36.
Bottom - Elaeis guineensis is a species of palm commonly called African oil palm or macaw-fat. It is the principal source of palm oil. It is native to west and southwest Africa, occurring between Angola and Gambia. Photo Source: Wikipedia Commons.