Abstract Title:

Hypoglycemic effect of aspalathin, a rooibos tea component from Aspalathus linearis, in type 2 diabetic model db/db mice.

Abstract Source:

Invest New Drugs. 2010 Dec;28(6):766-82. PMID: 19188054

Abstract Author(s):

Atsutoshi Kawano, Hiromichi Nakamura, Shu-ichi Hata, Miki Minakawa, Yutaka Miura, Kazumi Yagasaki


Effects of aspalathin, a green rooibos tea component, on glucose metabolism were studied in vitro and in vivo. We first examined the effect of aspalathin on glucose uptake by cultured L6 myotubes and on insulin secretion from cultured RIN-5F pancreatic beta-cells in vitro, and then investigated the effect of dietary aspalathin on fasting blood glucose level and conducted an intraperitoneal glucose tolerance test (IPGTT) using type 2 diabetes model mice in vivo. Aspalathin dose-dependently and significantly increased glucose uptake by L6 myotubes at concentrations 1-100 microM. It also significantly increased insulin secretion from cultured RIN-5F cells at 100 microM. Dietary aspalathin (0.1-0.2%) suppressed the increase in fasting blood glucose levels of db/db mice for 5 weeks. In IPGTT, aspalathin improved impaired glucose tolerance at 30, 60, 90, and 120 min in db/db mice. These results suggest that aspalathin has beneficial effects on glucose homeostasis in type 2 diabetes through stimulating glucose uptake in muscle tissues and insulin secretion from pancreatic beta-cells.

Study Type : Animal Study

Print Options

Key Research Topics

Sayer Ji
Founder of GreenMedInfo.com

Subscribe to our informative Newsletter & get Nature's Evidence-Based Pharmacy

Our newsletter serves 500,000 with essential news, research & healthy tips, daily.

Download Now

500+ pages of Natural Medicine Alternatives and Information.

This website is for information purposes only. By providing the information contained herein we are not diagnosing, treating, curing, mitigating, or preventing any type of disease or medical condition. Before beginning any type of natural, integrative or conventional treatment regimen, it is advisable to seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional.

© Copyright 2008-2020 GreenMedInfo.com, Journal Articles copyright of original owners, MeSH copyright NLM.