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|Title: ||Anti-diabetic effect of dandelion leaves and roots in type two diabetic patients|
|Authors: ||Oduro, Ibok|
Tandoh, Marina Aferiba
Annan, Regina Adjetey
|Issue Date: ||2015|
|Publisher: ||Nutrition & Food Science|
|Citation: ||Nutrition & Food Science ISSN: 0034-6659 Online from: 1971|
|Abstract: ||The purpose of this paper was to synthesis all primary evidence relevant to the
anti-diabetic effect of dandelion. Dandelion leaf and root have been used extensively for its medicinal
and health benefits since hundreds of years ago. This systematic review was conducted to gather
scientific evidence that are available with regards to the anti-diabetic effect of dandelion leaf and root.
A systematic search was conducted using PubMed, BioMed,
PLUSONE and Cochrane databases between June 6, 2013 and June 30, 2013. Manual search was also
done on books and journals in the KNUST library and its electronic database for possible documented
effects of dandelion leaf or root on diabetic patients. Key words “dandelion”, “Taraxacum”, “dandelion
and diabetes”, “Taraxacum officinale”, “Taraxacum and diabetes”, “dandelion and hypoglycemia” and
“dandelion and hyperglycemia” were used in the search.
The search yielded 713 papers, and after the removal of duplicates and papers not relevant
to this review, 20 papers were accepted for the review. These included studies conducted in humans and
animals (rats and mice). Among the 20 studies reviewed, only 1 study examined and reported a positive
hypoglycemic effect of dandelion on diabetic rats.
The review only considered published papers and might
have left out some unpublished research works.
The results of this review suggest paucity of data available on the use of
dandelion in the treatment/management of diabetes. There is the need for well-designed clinical trials to
ascertain the anti-diabetic effect of dandelion.
The consumption of dandelion by type 2 diabetic patients to treat or manage
their blood glucose has not been clinically proven to be effective, as shown by the review.
The paper provides a clear picture of the evidence available in the use of dandelion as
an anti-diabetic herb, and this provides some preliminary data for the conduct of a clinical research on it.|
|Description: ||This Article was published by Nutrition & Food Science ISSN: 0034-6659|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Science|
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