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Pumpkin Extract Helps Insulin Production

Submitted by Stella Morgan on November 18, 2010

Pumpkin Extract And Insulin

Insulin is a hormone that is produced in the pancreas of the human body. It is a vital product that is used for the process of sugar absorption in the body. Sugar is one of the primary fuels for energy that is produced in the human body. When food is consumed, some of it is broken down into glucose that is passed into the blood. Glucose thus flows through the blood around the body.

The parts of the body that require glucose for energy access it using insulin which assists the process of absorption. When this happens, the blood sugar level falls back to what it was before food had been consumed. This happens once all the glucose has been accessed.

Insulin is therefore very important as an agent for the production of energy in the body. Diabetes is a condition where the individual is unable to maintain normal blood sugar levels. While sugar becomes available for the body to consume, it is not properly absorbed within the body because of some problem associated with the production or use of insulin.

Insulin deficiency causes diabetes as does the body’s resistance to insulin. Diabetes is a manageable condition which needs to be treated depending on the type of insulin problem in the body. In some cases, insulin will simply be added to the body through injection which ensures that the sugar levels are maintained as they normally would be.

This form of diabetes is known as insulin deficiency diabetes where the problem is simply associated with the insufficient production of insulin. Thus, if there is some way in which insulin production can be restored, the patient will no longer be diabetic. Some forms of diabetes, such as gestational diabetes, are temporary and the patient may return to a normal condition after the condition has passed.

Recent research has linked pumpkin extract and insulin. The link that has been found is that the relationship between pumpkin extracts and insulin production is direct, which is to say that pumpkin extracts affects insulin production. An individual consuming pumpkin extract may benefit as pumpkin essence helps insulin to be produced as they rejuvenate the pancreas. In many cases, diabetics may have a small deficiency of insulin. This minor deficiency can be handled by using this method of pumpkin extract and insulin rejuvenation as pumpkin extracts benefits insulin production. The research in this area is still fairly new and its results are being further ratified and tested. However, the reports are encouraging as they suggest that the damaged cells of the pancreas are rejuvenated when they are exposed to pumpkin extract over a period of time.

If this research does in fact link pumpkin extract and insulin production in human beings as is currently being tested, then it will be a boon for diabetics who are suffering from a lack of insulin production in their bodies. The use of pumpkin extract can thus eliminate the need for needle injections. Patients of this type of diabetes usually inject themselves with insulin, a process that could potentially cause infections to enter the body, even if the correct precautions are taken.

Pumpkin is a vegetable obtained from a creeper. They are green or yellow in color. They have a fleshy pulp and comprise majorly of water. They are rich in minerals and vitamins and are known to have a soothing effect on peptic ulcer. These patients are recommended pumpkin extract on an empty stomach for rapid healing.  Pumpkin has a glucose lowering effect on humans. In type 1 diabetes, the immune system of the body attacks its own pancreatic cells, resulting in increased blood sugar levels, thereby requiring insulin injections. Research reveals the efficacy of pumpkin extract over insulin injections in diabetics. Certain chemicals in the flesh of pumpkin reduce the blood glucose. Insulin is the hormone synthesized by the beta cells of the pancreas.

Damaged pancreatic cells are replenished by pumpkin extract. It indirectly stimulates the beta cells and raises the insulin levels in blood. Increasing insulin levels exhibit a inversely proportional relationship with the blood glucose levels. In other words, as the insulin levels raise, the blood sugar levels reduce. This is attributed to the presence of D-chiroinositol and antioxidants, which has a protective effect and monitors the activity of insulin and mediates the same.  A hypoglycemic action is exhibited by pumpkin fruit extract and this is attributed to the decreased oxygen species levels, which in turn damage the beta cells.

When diabetics undergo gastric bypass, the hormonal level raises on the intake of food. This contributes to the maintenance of blood sugar. The pancreatic cells are rejuvenated by the pumpkin extract and insulin production is restored. Pumpkin extract is derived by drying the pumpkins, deseeding them and deriving an extract with water. The extract triggers the insulin levels in albino rats that had eight per cent beta cells, which were in a functioning condition. It reduces the increased blood sugar levels in hyperglycemic rats, but fails to have any effect on the normoglycemic rats. The number of insulin producing cells is increased in pumpkin extract fed rats.

Pumpkin extract is also recommended for pre diabetics and is seen to help in regulation of blood sugar. Though diabetics on insulin injections cannot be completely deprived of their regular shots, intake of this extract surely causes a reduction in the number of insulin injections administered. Pumpkin is a creeper fruit, used for its laxative property. It is nourishing and a known aphrodisiac. It is beneficial in cleansing the urinary tract. It is helpful in conditions, such as, chronic fever, leucorrhea, calculi, toxicity, dehydration, ulcer, diabetes, excess bleeding and skin diseases. 

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