Birch bark nutrient prevents obesity

March 4th, 20120 Comments »
Ayurveda Asia Co. Ltd. | 4/10/2011

Researchers from the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences (SIBC) in China have identified a powerful compound in birch bark called betulin that helps lower cholesterol and prevent both diabetes and obesity.

And betulin works particularly better than the statin drug lovastatin at lowering cholesterol, except without the harmful side effects. Dr. Bao-Liang Song and his colleagues from SIBC tested the effects of betulin and found that it specifically targets the genes responsible for making harmful blood fats like triglycerides by effectively lowering their activity and protecting against disease. And since the compound is “abundant in birch bark,” it has the potential to revolutionize the way blood fat levels are managed.

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