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This green aquatic plant may lower blood sugar in Prediabetes

This green aquatic plant may lower blood sugar in Prediabetes

DELHI: A novel green aquatic plant Wolffia globosa Mankai could be a promising potential plant-based protein source to control blood sugar in prediabetics — is the bottom line of a recent study.

The study, published in the journal Diabetes Care found that the patients who were given a green shake containing Wolffia globosa duckweed in dinner had better control of blood sugar postprandially compared with people given an iso-carbohydrate/protein/calorie yogurt shake.

In this randomized crossover trial, Hila Zelicha, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel, and colleagues examined the effects of W globosa Mankai on postprandial and fasting blood sugar in a group of 20 abdominally obese individuals with impaired fasting blood sugar.

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In the study, the 20 abdominally obese participants (age 51.4 years; fasting plasma glucose 110.9 mg/dL) were allocated to replace dinner with either a green shake containing Wolffia globosa duckweed (Mankai: specific-strain) or an iso-carbohydrate/protein/calorie yogurt shake. postmeal glucose dynamics (6 net administration days; 97 observation days in total) was assessed using a 2-week flash glucose-monitoring system. Data on dietary/daily activity/satiety-scale/sleep logs was collected from each patient. Participants were recruited from the green-Mediterranean diet arm of the 18-month Dietary Intervention Randomized Controlled Trial-Polyphenols Unprocessed (DIRECT-PLUS) study.

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Key Findings:

  • Wolffia globosa Mankai elicited a lower postprandial blood sugar peak compared with yogurt (∆peak = 13.4 ± 9.2 vs. 19.3 ± 15.1 mg/dL), which occurred later (77.5 ± 29.2 vs. 59.2 ± 28.4 min) and returned faster to baseline glucose levels (135.8 ± 53.1 vs. 197.5 ± 70.2 min).
  • The mean post-net incremental area under the curve (netAUC) was lower with Wolffia globosa up to 60 and 180 min (netAUC 60 min 185.1 ± 340.1 vs. 441.4 ± 336.5 mg/dL/min; netAUC180 min: 707.9 ± 1,428.5 vs.1,576.6 ± 1,810.1 mg/dL/min).
  • A Wolffia globosa-based shake replacing dinner resulted in lower next-morning fasting glucose levels (83.2 ± 0.8 vs. 86.6 ± 13 mg/dL).
  • Postprandial glucose levels from the shake administration until the next morning were lower in the Wolffia globosa Mankai green shake compared with the yogurt shake.
  • Overnight sleep duration was similar (378.2 ± 22.4 vs. 375.9 ± 28.4 min), and satiety rank was slightly higher for the Wolffia globosa shake compared with the yogurt shake (7.5 vs. 6.5).

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“Wolffia globosa Mankai duckweed may serve as an emerging alternative plant protein source with potential beneficial postprandial glycemic effects in obese individuals with impaired fasting glucose,” concluded the authors.

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Source: With inputs from Diabetes Care

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