Researchers, led by Tao Xia, China Normal University, have found that the extract of pumpkin is a potential treatment for diabetics which could reduce the intake of insulin quantity that diabetics need to take.
Xias team found that diabetic rats, when fed with pumpkin extract had only 5% less plasma insulin, and 8% lesser insulin-positive (beta) cells, when compared to normal healthy rats. It was thus concluded that pumpkin extract is a very good product for pre-diabetics, as well as for those who already have this disease.
Pumpkin extract prevents the progressive destruction of pancreatic-beta cells. However, it is impossible to say whether the Pumpkin extract would promote regeneration in humans. The protective effect of pumpkin is considered to be due to antioxidants and a molecule D-chiro-inositol, which neutralizes insulin activity. said David Bender, Sub-Dean, Royal Free and University College Medical School, London.
David Bender stated that this could also be a source of oral medication for diabetics.