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Salacia reticulata

Salacia Reticulata is a medicinal herb from Ayurveda which appears to have anti-diabetic activities, namely by inhibiting carbohydrate uptake from the intestines; it appears quite effective at this, similar to Acarbose in potency.

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Supplementation of salacia herbs (reticulata or oblonga) seem to be effective in humans when taken at the oral dose of 240-1,000mg, with the higher dose being used more frequently for the purpose of reducing glucose absorption form the intestines.

Due to this supplement acting as a carbohydrate absorption inhibitor, it needs to be taken alongside dietary carbohydrates.

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The Human Effect Matrix summarizes human studies to tell you what effects Salacia reticulata has on your body, how much evidence there is, and how strong these effects are.

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Grade Level of Evidence
Robust research conducted with repeated double-blind clinical trials
Multiple studies where at least two are double-blind and placebo controlled
Single double-blind study or multiple cohort studies
Uncontrolled or observational studies only
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grade-b Notable Very High See all 3 studies
The decrease in blood glucose is acute due to blocking carbohydrate absorption (no studies on long-term glucose influence) and standard supplemental doses range between 20-25% inhibition of carbohydrate absorption, with is quite reliable and significant.
grade-b Notable Very High See all 3 studies
A decrease in postprandial insulin has been noted with acute supplementation, which is thought to be secondary to the reduction in glucose absorption (as the two correlate highly). There are currently no studies assessing long term changes in fasting insulin
grade-c Minor - See study
A decrease in HbA1c has been noted in diabetics given a tea of Salacia for months, but the decrease was minor in magnitude and outperformed by Glibenclamide

Studies Excluded from Consideration

  • Excluded due to being confounded with two other herbs[1]

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Is a Form Of

Primary Function:

Also Known As

Kothala himbutu

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