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- February 23, 2021
All About the Insulin Plant
ZenoCure’s core product Diabetene is an organic and all-natural supplement using just three ingredients to help patients control their glucose levels. Diabetene uses an excipient and a hint of lemongrass and the key ingredient: the dry leaves of the insulin plant. But what exactly is the insulin plant? How has it been used in the past, and what have studies revealed? We’re here to tell you all this and more.
About the Insulin Plant
The insulin plant is scientifically known as Costus igneus. This plant falls within the Costaceae family and is native to the eastern parts of Brazil, though it also grows in southern India as an ornamental plant. The plant can be identified by its signature bright orange colour and smooth leaves on top and light purple underneath.
The dried leaves of Costus igneus have long been used in India for medicinal purposes, specifically in the branch of alternative medicine called Ayurveda. Not only has Costus igneus been shown to help control glucose levels, but it’s also believed to have properties that fight hypertension, indigestion, liver issues, high cholesterol, and even some cancers.
The corosolic acid, flavonoids, and tannins within the insulin leaves have been shown to have tons of incredible benefits, including the strengthening of pancreatic beta cells, combating free radicals, and preventing disease by antimicrobial and antioxidant properties
Costus igneus has been the subject of numerous studies, mainly centering on its effectiveness in controlling glucose levels. For instance, a 2010 study revealed that Costus igneus did work to lower blood sugar levels in rats with dexamethasone-induced hyperglycemia (another term for high blood sugar).
A similar study performed in 2014 sought to determine the various impacts Costus igneus could have on a wide scale. Scientists found that consuming the plant (either by a dry leaf or through powder) had a positive effect in controlling glucose levels in diabetics. Overall, Costus igneus is coming more into the mainstream as an effective way to keep glucose levels under control, even for those who don’t suffer from diabetes.
Using Costus Igneus
Typically, Costus igneus is consumed in one of two ways: leaves or powders. Many users, throughout the years, simply chew on one dry leaf of the insulin plant per day to help keep their glucose levels under control. Now, companies worldwide offer Costus igneus in powder form, which can be prepared like a green tea and consumed twice a day for similar results.
At ZenoCure, we have harnessed the power of Costus igneus within our Diabetene supplement. Each dose of Diabetene contains 500 mg of the dried leaf of the insulin plant, along with lemongrass and an excipient. We only utilize the best organic ingredients and have gone through countless rounds of research and development to craft this effective formula. Diabetene has no side effects and is completely safe for vegetarians and vegans. Contact us today to learn more about the insulin plant and about Diabetene!